British Military Masculinity Bibliography

British Army:  

Atkins, Gareth. “Christian Heroes, Providence, and Patriotism in Wartime Britain, 1793–1815,” Historical Journal 58(2015): 393–414.

Bourke, Joanna. Dismembering the Male: Men’s Bodies, Britain, and the Great War. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1996.

Dawson, Graham. Soldier Heroes: British Adventure, Empire and the Imagining of Masculinities. London: Routledge, 1994.

Gullace, Nicoletta F. The Blood of our Sons: Men, Women, and the Renegotiation of British Citizenship During the Great War. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.

Hurl-Eamon, Jennine. Marriage and the British Army in the Long Eighteenth Century: ‘The Girl I Left Behind Me’. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Kennedy, Catriona. Narratives of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars: Military and Civilian Experience in Britain and Ireland. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

McGregor, Robert. “The Popular Press and the Creation of Military Masculinities in Georgian Britain,” in Military Masculinities: Identity and the State, edited by Paul Higate, Westport, CT: Praeger, 2003.

Meyer, Jessica. Men of War: Masculinity and the First World War in Britain. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

Paris, Michael. Warrior Nation: Images of War in British Popular Culture, 1850–2000. London: Reaktion, 2000.

Ramsey, Neil. “‘A real English soldier’: Suffering, Manliness and Class in the Mid-Nineteenth-Century Soldiers’ Tale,” in Soldiering in Britain and Ireland, 1750–1850: Men of Arms, edited by Catriona Kennedy and Matthew McCormack. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Woodward, Rachel and Trish Winter. Sexing the Soldier: The Politics of Gender and the Contemporary British Army. London and New York: Routledge, 2007.


Damousi, Joy and Marilyn Lake, eds. Gender and War: Australians at War in the Twentieth Century. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1995.

Mangan, J.A. ‘Manufactured’ Masculinity: Making Imperial Manliness, Morality and Militarism. New York and London: Routledge, 2013.

Sinha, Mrinalini. Colonial Masculinity: The “Manly Englishman” and the “Effeminate Bengali” in the Late Nineteenth Century. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1995.

Smith, Richard. Jamaican Volunteers in the First World War: Race, Masculinity and the development of a national consciousness. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 2010.

Streets-Salter, Heather. Martial Races: The Military, Race and Masculinity in British Imperial Culture, 1857-1914. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2010.

Wilson, Kathleen. The Island Race: Englishness, Empire and Gender in the Eighteenth Century. London and New York: Routledge, 2003.

British Navy:

Burg, B.R. Boys at Sea: Sodomy, Indecency, and Courts Martial in Nelson’s Navy. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

Colville, Quentin. “Corporate Domesticity and Idealized Masculinity: Royal Naval Officers and their Shipboard Homes, 1918-39,” Gender and History, vol. 21 no. 3 (2009), pp. 499-519.

Conley, Mary A. From Jack Tar to Union Jack: Representing Naval Manhood in the British Empire, 1870–1918. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009.

LeJacq, Seth S. “Buggery’s Travels: Royal Navy Sodomy on Ship and Shore in the Long Eighteenth Century,” Journal for Maritime Research, vol. 17. no. 2, 2015, pp. 103-116.

Miller, Amy. Dressed to Kill: British Naval Uniform, Masculinity and Contemporary Fashions, 1748–1857. London: National Maritime Museum, 2007.

Wilson, Kathleen. “Nelson and the People: Manliness, Patriotism and Body Politics,” in Admiral Lord Nelson: Context and Legacy, edited by David Cannadine, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.


Ahlbäck, Anders. Manhood and the Making of the Military: Conscription, Military Service and Masculinity in Finland, 1917-1939. Surrey, UK: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2014.

Crouthamel, Jason. An Intimate History of the Front: Masculinity, Sexuality, and German Soldiers in the First World War. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Eichler, Maya. Militarizing Men: Gender, Conscription, and War in Post-Soviet Russia. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2012.

Hughes, Michael J. Forging Napoleon’s Grande Armée: Motivation, Military Culture, and Masculinity in the French Army, 1800-1808. New York: New York University Press, 2012.

Hull, Isabel V. Absolute Destruction: Military Culture and the Practices of War in Imperial Germany. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2005.

Martin, Brian Joseph. Napoleonic Friendship: Military Fraternity, Intimacy & Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century France. Durham, NH: University of New Hampshire Press, 2011.

General works:

Bourdieu, Pierre. Masculine Domination. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1998.

Cocks, H.G. Nameless Offences: Homosexual Desire in the 19th Century. London: I.B. Tauris, 2010.

Cocks, H.G. and Matt Houlbrook, eds. The Modern History of Sexuality. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.

Connell, R.W. Masculinities. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2005.

Hitchcock, Tim, and Michèle Cohen. English Masculinities, 1660–1800. London: Longman, 1999.

Dudink, Stefan, Karen Hagemann, and John Tosh, eds. Masculinities in Politics and War: Gendering Modern History. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 2004.

Nye, Robert A. “Western Masculinities in War and Peace.” American Historical Review, April 2007, pp. 417-438.

Latin America:

Beattie, Peter M. The Tribute of Blood: Army, Honor, Race, and Nation in Brazil, 1864-1945. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2001.

Dore, Elizabeth and Maxine Molyneux, eds. Hidden Histories of Gender and the State in Latin America. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2000.

French, William and Katherine Elaine Bliss, eds. Gender, Sexuality, and Power in Latin America since Independence. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2007.

Gill, Leslie. “Creating Citizens, Making Men: The Military and Masculinity in Bolivia.” Cultural Anthropology, vol. 12, no. 4 (Nov. 1997), pp. 527-550.

Grandin, Greg. The Last Colonial Massacre: Latin America in the Cold War. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2011.

Macías-González, Víctor and Anne Rubenstein, eds., Masculinity and Sexuality in Modern Mexico. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press, 2012.

United States:

Bederman, Gail. Manliness & Civilization: A Cultural History of Gender and Race in the United States, 1870-1917. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1995.

Belkin, Aaron. Bring Me Men: Military Masculinity and the Benign Façade of American Empire, 1898-2001. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Brown, Melissa T. Enlisting Masculinity: The Construction of Gender in U.S. Military Recruiting Advertising during the All-Volunteer Force. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Foster, Thomas A. Sex and the Eighteenth-Century Man: Massachusetts and the History of Sexuality in America. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 2006.

Greenberg, Amy S. Manifest Manhood and the Antebellum American Empire. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Hoganson, Kristin L. Fighting for American Manhood: How Gender Politics Provoked the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1998.

Jarvis, Christina S. The Male Body at War: American Masculinity during World War II. DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 2010.

Lehring, Gary L. Officially Gay: The Political Construction of Sexuality by the U.S. Military. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 2003.

This list was compiled by Jonathan Shipe, graduate student at Florida State University, currently working on his dissertation, “The Cost of a Moral Army: Discourses of Masculinity and Sexuality in the British Army, 1850-1885.” Questions about this bibliography or his research can be sent to Jonathan tweets at @jshipe.