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Shpakovskii, Sergei

Woman-Warrior. The world's first book dedicated to women as soldier.

Woman-Warrior. The world's first book dedicated to women as soldier.

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Shpakovskii, Sergei [Woman-Warrior]. Zhenshchina-Voin = Mujeres Combatientes.

Buenos Aires, 1969.
8vo, 253, [3] pp., ill.

In original pictorial wrappers.
In good condition, crack to front cover, light wear to back cover, stamp 'Center of Russian White in Argentina' to title page.

The book explores the remarkable and influential women throughout history who played significant roles in warfare. It delves into the stories and achievements of notable figures such as the Amazons, Deborah (a prophetess of the God of the Israelites), Olga of Kiev (regent of Kievan Rus' for her son Sviatoslav), Joanna of Flanders (Duchess of Brittany), Joan of Arc, Alena Arzamasskaia (the Russian Joan of Arc, who fought in Cossack Stepan Razin's Peasants' Revolt of 1670), the 'Amazons battalion' (a special corps created for Catherine II the Great in Crimea), female soldiers in the wars of independence in South America (1808-1824), Agustina de Aragon (the Spanish Joan of Arc), Nadezhda Durova (a Russian patriotic icon who participated in the Napoleonic wars in the Russian cavalry disguised as a man), Vasilisa Kozhina (a Russian guerrilla fighter in the Patriotic War of 1812), Eliza Lynch (the 'National Heroine' of Paraguay), Milunka Savic (a Serbian war heroine), Evgeniya Shakhovskaya (a pioneering Russian aviator), Constance Markievicz (an Irish suffragist who became the first female cabinet minister in Europe), Maria Bochkareva (the leader of the Women's Battalion of Death in World War I), Hanna Reitsch (a German aviator), women in the Women's Army Corps (WAC), and female combatants in China, Israel, Vietnam, Indonesia, and other places. The text is accompanied by rare photographs of some of these women.
The book was compiled by Sergei Shpakovskii (?-1977), a former officer of the White Army who emigrated to the Kingdom of Yugoslavia in 1920. According to the author's preface, this is the world's first book dedicated to women as soldiers.

OCLC locates six copies of this edition: in the University of Vermont Howe Library, the Cornel University Library, the Yale University Library, the University of Washington Library, the Stanford Library and the Rome National Central Library.

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