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--------------Forwarded Message from H-WOMEN----------- Date: Mon, 25 Mar 1996 13:57:13 -0600 From: Kriste Lindenmeyer <KAL6444@tntech.edu> Subject: Women's Batallion of Death: Re From: IN%"RPennington@InfoAve.Net" "Reina Pennington" 25-MAR-1996 05:48:48.23 To answer the question from Kathie Johnson, Associate Archivist at University of Louisville Archives and Records Center: >I have a general question about the Women's Battalion of Death. When I >mentioned this to the professor of Russian history when I was in graduate >school, he told me that the Battalion was a myth and there were no reliable >primary sources to support its activities. I thought that was strange because >I had seen it mentioned quite often. Could someone send information on >sources, either to the list or to me personally. I never cease to be amazed at some of these professors. Of course, my own advisor in Russian history has informed me that "there is no historical problem" in my own dissertation topic on military women in the Second World War! Anyway, your prof was wrong. There are plenty of primary sources and eyewitness accounts -- I'll list a few below. The Stites book is a good place to start for an overview. I know at least two PhD students who are working on dissertations that include discussions of the Women's Battalions of Death (there were several); Laurie Stoff is writing the entry on the battalions for me for the Military Women Worldwide book, and Mary Allen (contributing editor for Russian women in ground forces) is writing on Maria Bochkareva, the unit's founder. Here's the info: Mary Allen 298 Beech Avenue Toronto, Ontario M4E 3J2, Canada Dissertation: "Soviet Amazons? Women's Participation in the Red Army, 1918-1945" 416 694 9930 / 416 694 9900 FAX Laurie Stoff Department of History University of Kansas 3001 Wescoe Hall Lawrence, KS 66045 Laurie Stoff <email@example.com> (913) 864-3569 /(913) 864-5046 Fax Abraham, Richard. "Mariia L. Bochkareva and the Russian amazons of 1917." Women and Society in Russia and the Soviet Union. Ed. Edmondson, Linda. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992. Botchkareva, Maria. Yashka: My Life as Peasant, Officer and Exile. Frederick A. Stokes Company: 1919. Bryant, Louise. Six Red Months in Russia: an observer's account of Russia before and during the proletarian dictatorship. New York: George H. Doran Company, 1918. Drokov, Sergei Vladimirovich. "Organizator Zhenskogo batl'ona smerti." ["The Organizer of the Women's Battalion of Death."] Voprosy Istorii 7 (1993): 164-. Ivanova, Yu. N. "Prekrasneishie iz khrabrykh." ["The fairest of the brave."] Voenno-istoricheskii zhurnal 3 (1994): 93-96. Mandel, William M. Soviet Women. Garden City, N.Y.: Anchor Books, 1975. Medvedeva, Liudmila. "Zhenshchina v pogonakh (ili bez onykh)." ["Woman in shoulder-boards (or without them)."] Znamia 2 (1990): 160-169. Mitrofanova, A. V. Rabochy klass SSSR v gody Velikoi Otechestvennoi voiny [The Working Class of the USSR during the Great Patriotic War]. Moscow: Nauka, 1971. Stites, Richard. The Women's Liberation Movement in Russia; Feminism, Nihilism and Bolshevism, 1860-1930. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1978. Wheelwright, Julie. Amazons and Military Maids: Women Who Dressed as Men in Pursuit of Life, Liberty and Happiness. London: Pandora, 1989. Reina Pennington University of South Carolina <RPennington@InfoAve.Net> +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ This message was forwarded by Linda Grant De Pauw President The MINERVA Center, Inc. 20 Granada Road Pasadena, MD 21122 (410) 437-5379 firstname.lastname@example.org MINERVA "information and inspiration" Women and War + Women and the Military +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++