Jelena Batinic

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Jelena Batinic
Graduate Dissertation Fellow 2007-08, History

Jelena BatinicĀ is writing a dissertation entitled "Gender, Revolution, and War: The Mobilization of Women in the Yugoslav Partisan movement in World War II." The mass participation of women, including 100,000 female combatants, in the communist-led Partisan guerrillas in Yugoslavia is one of the most remarkable World War II phenomena. How did the Partisans manage to attract women to their ranks, integrate them in the movement, and legitimize their new roles? What were the short- and long- term consequences of women's mass military and political mobilization in the country? Seeking to answer these questions, this project traces the wartime history and postwar memorialization of the female Partisan, as a lens through which to explore communist gender politics and its contested legacy in the region.