The Great War
The Great War of 1914-18 marks, for most historians, the conclusion ofthe long nineteenth century which started with the French Revolution of 1789. For women’s historians the war has become a key subject of critical debate. Did it mark the end of women’s subordination and the beginning of women’s long twentieth-century march to liberation? Conversely, did the war grant women limited and ineffectual rights in return for perpetuating their lives along old grooves and postponing the feminist challenge for another fifty years?