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Intrepid Women: Cantinières and Vivandières of the French Army Hardcover – April 5, 2010
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"... a major and valuable accomplishment. It is gratifying to see these formidable women given their story and their due." ―American Historical Review, June 2011
"Cardoza's book is well-written, thorough, very readable, and most of all, original. As a result of his painstaking research, Cardoza easily convinces his readers of the importance of the cantinières to both military and feminist history. He corrects questionable assertions that had remained unchallenged until now and rightfully points out what other historians and feminist scholars blatantly missed or ignored altogether." ―Women's Studies Intnl Forum
"Overall, this is a well-written, richly detailed and satisfying book on a topic that has been unfairly ignored, and deserves greater attention.... With this book, [Cardoza] dispels many shadows surrounding the French cantinières and provides an engaging and insightful portrayal of their lives." ―H-France Review
"This exemplary work is a riveting account, written in a very accessible style that shows the benefits of women’s history to readers of many disciplines." ―Women's History Review
"[T]his is a well-researched and innovative account. The 'intrepid women' of the French army have found their historian." ―European History Quarterly
"This is an excellent, pioneering, and always interesting study of an area of French military history that has now found its historian." ―Alan Forrest, University of York
"A richly detailed account, well written and continually engaging from start to finish." ―Margaret Darrow, Dartmouth College
"[The author] is to be congratulated on his attempt to shed some light on the role of the cantinière in both war and peace. The role of women in war has been overlooked for far too long." ―H-War
About the Author
Thomas Cardoza is Professor of Humanities at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada.
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Although not actually soldiers they nevertheless wore a uniform, were married to corporals or sergeants, served the soldiers with food, wine or spirits for a nominal fee, looked after the wounded, and on occasion took up arms themselves against Arabs, Russians, Austrians, and Mexicans during the French military campaigns of the 19th Century.