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Olesya Khromeychuk

Much historiography focusing on women in the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army consists of describing, rediscovering, and celebrating the participation of women in the nationalist underground. This article rejects the celebratory approach to the inclusion of women in the narrative of the nationalist struggle. Instead, it focuses on the ways in which militarization of women was carried out by the nationalists from the 1930s to the 1950s. The article argues that the nationalist leadership was able to militarize a large number of women because no viable alternative to the nationalist state-building project was offered at the time, and because the nationalists propagated a conservative type of femininity that did not threaten traditional gender norms. By exploring the movement’s construction, control, and use of femininity, the article argues that deviations from traditional gender roles occurred only within the limits of, and for the benefit of, nationalist militarization.

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Selin Çağatay, Olesya Khromeychuk, Stanimir Panayotov, Zlatina Bogdanova, Margarita Karamihova and Angelina Vacheva

Serpil Çakır, Erkek kulübünde siyaset: Kadın parlamenterlerle sözlü tarih (Politics in the men’s club: Oral history with women parliamentarians), Istanbul: Versus Kitap, 2013, 388 pp., TRY 32 (paperback), ISBN 978-605-5691-83-7.

Gelinada Grinchenko, Kateryna Kobchenko, and Oksana Kis, eds., Zhinky Tsentral’noi ta Skhidnoi Ievropy u Druhii svitovii viini: Henderna spetsyfi ka dosvidu v chasy ekstremal’noho nasyl’stva—zbirnyk naukovykh prats’ (Central and East European women in the Second World War: Gendered experiences in a time of extreme violence—collected volume), Kiev: TOV “Art Knyha,” 2015, 335 pp., price not listed (paperback), ISBN 978-617-724-212-2.

Katerina Kolozova, Cut of the Real: Subjectivity in Poststructuralist Philosophy, New York: Columbia University Press, 2014, 208 pp., $50 (hardback), ISBN 978-023-116-610-2.

Fethi Mansouri and Michele Lobo, eds., Migration, Citizenship and Intercultural Relations: Looking through the Lens of Social Inclusion, Surrey, UK: Ashgate, 2011, vii + 243 pp., $78.70 (hardback), ISBN 978-1-4094-2880-0.

Ina Merdjanova, Rediscovering the Umma Muslims in the Balkans between Nationalism and Transnationalism, Oxford University Press, 2013, xvi + 198 pp., £53 (hardback), ISBN 978-0-19-996403-1.

Marina Soroka and Charles A. Ruud, Becoming a Romanov: Grand Duchess Elena of Russia and Her World (1807–1873), London: Routledge, 2015, 336 pp., 23 figures, $134.95 (hardback), ISBN 978-1-4724-5701-1.