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The Privileged Sex Paperback – May 18, 2013
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"As a woman one would like to hit this macho on the mouth, but nevertheless he is worth listening to… In saying that the roles of the sexes are less flexible than Western society commonly believes, he may be right after all." A. Barth, Der Spiegel
"Martin van Creveld has written a work that is rich in facts, provocative, and easy to read. It reviews the relationship between women and war in both myth and history. It offers plenty of material for discussion, and not by feminists alone." M. Mantzke, Das Parlement
"Van Creveld has unhesitatingly put his finger on many sore points—he can be sure many will be screaming at him in anger. As they say, though, "many enemies, much honor." Ruf, Dresdner Neueste nachrichten.
“[Van] Creveld presents lots of material to base his thesis on. And look, history suddenly assumes a completely different face from the one (radical) feminists have tried to make us believe in. Many well-liked clichés concerning the exploitation and oppression of women turn out to have no foundation, whereas others were invented for political-ideological reasons.” InkulturA-online.
Want to discover what is actually happening with men and women now and did happen throughout history? Latch onto a copy of The Privileged Sex by Martin van Creveld, an astonishingly learned polymath…. Any serious thinker on these matters will have to consult van Creveld for an honestly clear insight into the matter of sex and why and how it matters." Prof. Lionel Tiger, Minding the Campus.
About the Author
Prof. Emeritus Martin van Creveld of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is one of the world's best- known experts on military history and strategy. His interest in women's history and feminism dates back to the early 1990s when he testified in front of the Presidential Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces. One of the outcomes of his research in the field is the present volume. Previously published in Germany and in Brazil, in both countries it made the cover of leading news magazines. Currently it is being translated into Dutch as well.
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I saw this book as Dr Van Creveld's search for his own and personal answer to the question. The book is written as an a fairly low-key academic review rather than as a document directed at convincing the reader of the author's conclusions. Additionally, the book is one of several written by the Dr Van Creveld in his effort to understand the rapidly changing ways that women participate in the world.
Van Creveld's conclusions might be considered revisionist to some. Frankly, I had the feeling in reading him, that he was looking for the best argument, and not interested arriving at some predetermined conclusion.
I would recommend this book to those interested in reading the account of a well respected and well known academic who has studied and written about many aspects of history for many decades.
Just buy it and open to a random page.