on 9 February 2010
Behind the Lines is an interesting and widely researched book ideal for university students or those interested in women's roles during the Second World War or more generally the Home Front. It has been extremely useful for my history degree, masters and I am certain that it will continue to be useful for my PhD. The chapter on 'The Double Helix' is particularly fascinating, Margaret Higonnet and Patrice Higonnet suggest that women were unable to equal the position that men held economically and socially during the Second World War, by implying that as soon as women moved into the male work space, men in uniform as part of the British army, were viewed as superior to women. Therefore the pre war gender divide was maintained whereby women were in a subordinate civilian position to the male superior military one. By including contributions from a number of different historians ensures that a variety of view points are expressed and a substantial historiography has been developed.