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Author Zeiger, Susan, 1959-

Title Entangling alliances : foreign war brides and American soldiers in the twentieth century / Susan Zeiger
Published New York : New York University Press, [2010]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 299 pages) : illustrations, photographs
Contents Cupid in the AEF: U.S. soldiers and women abroad in World War I -- The worst kind of women: foreign war brides in 1920s America -- GIs and girls around the globe: the geopolitics of sex and marriage in World War II -- Good mothers: GI brides after World War II -- Interracialism, pluralism, and civil rights: war bride marriage in the 1940s and 1950s -- The demise of the war bride: Korea, Vietnam, and beyond
Summary "Throughout the twentieth century, American male soldiers returned home from wars with foreign-born wives in tow, resulting in a new, official category of immigrant: the "allied" war bride. These brides began to appear en masse after World War I, peaked after World War II, and persisted through the Korean and Vietnam Wars. GIs also met and married former "enemy" women under conditions of postwar occupation, although at times the United States government banned such unions." "In this comprehensive, complex history of war brides in twentieth-century American history, Susan Zeiger uses relationships between American male soldiers and foreign women as a lens to view larger issues of sexuality, race, and gender in foreign and domestic relations. Entangling Alliances draws on a rich array of sources to trace how war and postwar anxieties about power and national identity have long been projected onto war brides, and how these anxieties translate into public policies, particularly immigration."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Intercountry marriage -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Military spouses -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Soldiers -- Family relationships -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Soldiers -- Sexual behavior -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
War brides -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- History, Military -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Military history.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2009041513
ISBN 0814797253 (electronic bk.)
9780814797259 (electronic bk.)