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Entangling AlliancesForeign War Brides and American Soldiers in the Twentieth Century$
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Susan Zeiger

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814797174

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814797174.001.0001

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GIs and Girls around the Globe

GIs and Girls around the Globe

The Geopolitics of Sex and Marriage in World War II

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Entangling Alliances

Susan Zeiger

NYU Press

This chapter explores how American men and local women engaged in relationships overseas during World War II. The world war of the 1940s, fought around the globe, produced marriages by the scores of thousands, and did so in every region where American soldiers were posted. This marital pattern stood in contrast with that of World War I, when marriage was more limited and concentrated primarily in a single nation, France. The geo-racial politics of wartime sex and marriage were as striking a feature of soldier relationships during World War II as the numbers themselves. US military policies, practices, and preferences, alongside the preferences of US soldiers, shaped the distribution of marriage in a myriad of ways, with race and political status being two of the most salient features. Women around the globe, however, were not passive targets of military policy or soldiers' desire.

Keywords:   geo-racial politics, wartime sex and marriage, World War II, soldier relationships, marriage distribution, American soldiers

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