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Queering American Military History

In: International Journal of Military History and Historiography
Author:
Jacqueline E. WhittUS Army War College, Carlisle, PA, USA, jacqueline.whitt@armywarcollege.edu

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Abstract

This historiographical article examines the state of the field of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (lgbtq) history in the United States military. It examines the field’s foundations and legacies from women’s history and the history of gender and sexuality as well as three threads that run through the field: sexuality and gender; sexuality, state control and citizenship; and sexuality and lived experience. The essay also explores interdisciplinary and theoretical connections and suggests areas for future research. The article argues that uncovering, centring, and mainstreaming lgbtq history – that is queering military history – is central to the broader field of military history because it relates to questions of power and the organisation of sexuality and gender performance and identity.

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