Dr Lucy Noakes is conducting an historical study into how a modern, imperial state came to terms with the emergence of total warfare.
06 Mar 2014
Research into life for civilians during wartime has won a Brighton academic a top American award. Dr Lucy Noakes, Lecturer in the University of Brighton’s School of Humanities, is conducting an historical study into how a modern, imperial state came to terms with the emergence of total warfare, conflicts where no place and no one could be made safe.
Dr Noakes and her collaborator, Professor Susan Grayzel from the University of Mississippi, have been awarded Research Fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, a federation of 66 national scholarly organisations and which provides grants in all fields of the humanities.
Over the next two years they will research and write ‘Serving the Nation, Safeguarding the Home: Civil Defence, Citizenship, and Gender in Twentieth-Century Britain’, a social and cultural history that investigates the relationship between civil defence, gender and citizenship.
Dr Noakes said: “We delighted with the award for this project which traces the changing impact of conflict on civilians through an historical case study of twentieth-century Britain, considering the ways that wars and preparations for war have shaped the relationship between gender, citizenship and the state.
“From the First World War to the nuclear age, changing forms of warfare have made new demands on civilian populations: they can be called upon to defend, and, on occasion, die for their country.”