chapter  1
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This book offers an introduction to the experiences and contributions of women during what may be accurately labelled the first modern, total war, one requiring the mobilisation of both civilians and combatants. Particularly in Europe, the main theatre of the conflict, this war demanded the active participation of both men and women. It even gave rise to the expression ‘home front’ to characterise the presumably new contributions that those at ‘home’ made to the war effort. Yet, as the use of this new term might suggest, those residing at home, primarily women, were defined as having a distinct relationship to the war and to their war-torn nations.