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Florence Nightingale on Wars and the War Office

Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, Volume 15

edited by Lynn McDonald

Publisher
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2016
Category
Cultural Heritage, Social History, Women
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781554585335
    Publish Date
    Nov 2016
    List Price
    $95.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781554583829
    Publish Date
    Nov 2011
    List Price
    $95.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781554582877
    Publish Date
    Jun 2012
    List Price
    $150
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780889204706
    Publish Date
    Dec 2011
    List Price
    $150.00

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Volume 15 of the Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, Wars and the War Office, picks up on the previous volume’s recounting of Nightingale’s famous work during the Crimean War and the comprehensive analysis she did on its high death rates. This volume moves on to the implementation of the recommendations that emerged from that research and to her work to reduce deaths in the next wars, beginning with the American Civil War.

Nightingale’s writings describe the creation of the Army Medical School, the vast improvements made in the statistical tracking of disease, and new measures for soldiers’ welfare. Her role in the formulation of the first Geneva Convention in 1864 is related, along with her concern that voluntary relief efforts through the Red Cross not make war “cheap.”

Nightingale was decorated by both sides for her work in the Franco-Prussian War. While much of her work concerned the mundane sending out of supplies, we see also in her writing her emerging interest in militarism as the cause of war. Her opposition to the Afghan War (of her time) and her work to provide nursing for the Egyptian campaigns, the Zulu War, and the start of the Boer War are also included.

About the author

Lynn McDonald is a professor of sociology at the University of Guelph, Ontario. She is a former president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, Canada’s largest women’s organization. As a Member of Parliament (the first “Ms” in the House of Commons), her Non-smokers Health Act made Parliamentary history as a private member’s bill, and made Canada a world leader in the “tobacco wars.” She is the author of The Early Origins of the Social Sciences (1993), and The Women Founders of the Social Sciences (1994) and editor of Women Theorists on Society and Politics (WLU Press, 1998), all of which have significant sections on Florence Nightingale.

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