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Female Intelligence: Women and Espionage in the First World War Hardcover – June 1, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0814766934 ISBN-10: 0814766935

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 205 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press (June 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814766935
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814766934
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,870,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“How did women's work contribute to the propagation of war, and impact their own changing relation to the nation-state? How did women themselves, their contemporaries and popular culture represent their war work in gendered terms? Tammy Proctor addresses these significant questions in her intriguing study of women spies. As Proctor shows, women's substantial work for the developing British intelligence service belied the figure of the treacherous and seductive woman spy.”
-Angela Woollacott,author of On Her Their Lives Depend: Munitions Workers in the Great War

“This engaging and intelligent study of women in espionage adds to our understanding of the experience of women during the First World War and of the legacy of their work, both mythic and real. Proctor carefully explores why the image of the female “spy seductress”—notably the iconic Mata Hari—has endured and uncovers the largely unknown history of this pivotal generation of women intelligence workers.”
-Susan R. Grayzel,author of Women’s Identities At War: Gender, Motherhood, and Politics in Britain and France during the First World War

“Retells forgotten stories and unearths new evidence of intrepid female field agents. . . . Proctor’s archival discoveries hint at countless small acts of audacity and defiance. . . . Thanks to books like this one, the history of female espionage—from Aphra Behn to Elizabeth Van Lew to Lotus Blossum to Stella Rimington—is slowly being filled out.”
-London Review of Books


“In Female Intelligence, Tammy Proctor attempts to rescue female spies from cliches that classed them as either sexual predators or martyred virgins, manipulators or dupes, heartless vamps or emotional basket cases.”
-New Yorker


“A useful and engaging history of women in the British intelligence service during World War I. The book is an important contribution to the history of British intelligence and sheds light on the unglamorous reality of a highly romanticized aspect of women's work.”
-American Historical Review


About the Author

Tammy M. Proctor is professor of history at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. She is the author of On My Honour: Guides and Scouts in Interwar Britain, Scouting for Girls: A Century of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, and Female Intelligence: Women and Espionage in the First World War (NYU Press).

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Tammy Proctor, who received a bachelor's degree in journalism and history from the University of Missouri and a PhD from Rutgers University, is Professor of History and Department Head at Utah State University. In addition to teaching and writing history, Tammy is addicted to travel, running and biking, and mystery novels. She is originally from Kansas City, Missouri.

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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Janett Calland on January 3, 2014
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Just starting to read this book. It seems to fit the genre that I am interested in, especially women who are/were at war and what they did. Looking forward to finishing it.
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