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Gabrielle Petit : The Death and Life of a Female Spy in the First World War

Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Oxford : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015Description: 1 online resource (273 p.).ISBN: 9781472590886.Subject(s): Petit, Gabrielle, -- 1893-1916 | Spies -- Belgium -- Biography | Women spies -- Belgium -- Biography | World War, 1914-1918 -- Secret service -- Belgium | World War, 1914-1918 -- Secret service -- Great Britain | World War, 1914-1918 -- Underground movementsGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Gabrielle Petit : The Death and Life of a Female Spy in the First World WarDDC classification: 940.4/86493092 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover page; Halftitle page; Title page; Copyright page; Dedication; CONTENTS; ILLUSTRATIONS; MAPS; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; INTRODUCTION; PROLOGUE: EXHUMATION; PART I LIFE; CHAPTER 1 DISINHERITANCE, 1893-1914; Early Childhood, 1893-1902; Adrift in the Belle Époque , 1908-1911; Little Molenbeek, 1911-1914; CHAPTER 2 ENGAGEMENT, AUGUST 1914-AUGUST 1915; Mobilization; War; Suspicions; "Done Being Useless"; Departures; CHAPTER 3 WAR WORK, AUGUST 1915-FEBRUARY 1916; Roaming Agent; Reports; "External Transmission"; Counter- espionage; CHAPTER 4 CONFRONTATION, FEBRUARY 2-MARCH 3, 1916; High Alert; Bureau A8
Arrest and QuestioningThe Trial; CHAPTER 5 "UTTERLY ALONE," MARCH 3, 1916-NOVEMBER 11, 1918; Appeal; "I Can Do Anything If I Put My Mind To It"; "Never Mind, We'll See"; Rejection; Goodbyes; Execution; "Let Justice Run Its Course"; Reactions; Abeyance, 1916-1918; PART II MEMORY; CHAPTER 6 MEMORY AGENTS, 1918-1919; Unearthing Civilian Heroism; Democratic Breakthrough-To A Point; The Waning of "Brave Little Belgium"; One National Figure; Narrating a Legend80; Narrating a Legend80; A Fight Over a Grave91; The Funeral as Performance; The Funeral as Lesson114; Deepening Fervor
CHAPTER 7 NATIONAL HEROINE, 1919-1923Variations on a Theme, 1919-1921; The Archive, 1919-1921; The Biography, 192261; The Monument, 1923; Counterheroes, 1919-1923; CHAPTER 8 PALIMPSEST, 1924-2007; Interwar Emblem, 1924-1940; Face of the Resistance, 1940-1949; Last Efforts, 1964-1966; Retreat, 1986-2007; CONCLUSION; NOTES; BIBLIOGRAPHY; INDEX
Summary: In central Brussels stands a statue of a young woman. Built in 1923, it is the first monument to a working-class woman in European history. Her name was Gabrielle Petit. History has forgotten Petit, an ambitious and patriotic Belgian, executed by firing squad in 1916 for her role as an intelligence agent for the British Army. After the First World War she was celebrated as an example of stern endeavour, but a hundred years later her memory has faded. In the first part of this historical biography Sophie De Schaepdrijver uses Petit's life to explore gender, class and heroism in the context of
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Cover page; Halftitle page; Title page; Copyright page; Dedication; CONTENTS; ILLUSTRATIONS; MAPS; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; INTRODUCTION; PROLOGUE: EXHUMATION; PART I LIFE; CHAPTER 1 DISINHERITANCE, 1893-1914; Early Childhood, 1893-1902; Adrift in the Belle Époque , 1908-1911; Little Molenbeek, 1911-1914; CHAPTER 2 ENGAGEMENT, AUGUST 1914-AUGUST 1915; Mobilization; War; Suspicions; "Done Being Useless"; Departures; CHAPTER 3 WAR WORK, AUGUST 1915-FEBRUARY 1916; Roaming Agent; Reports; "External Transmission"; Counter- espionage; CHAPTER 4 CONFRONTATION, FEBRUARY 2-MARCH 3, 1916; High Alert; Bureau A8

Arrest and QuestioningThe Trial; CHAPTER 5 "UTTERLY ALONE," MARCH 3, 1916-NOVEMBER 11, 1918; Appeal; "I Can Do Anything If I Put My Mind To It"; "Never Mind, We'll See"; Rejection; Goodbyes; Execution; "Let Justice Run Its Course"; Reactions; Abeyance, 1916-1918; PART II MEMORY; CHAPTER 6 MEMORY AGENTS, 1918-1919; Unearthing Civilian Heroism; Democratic Breakthrough-To A Point; The Waning of "Brave Little Belgium"; One National Figure; Narrating a Legend80; Narrating a Legend80; A Fight Over a Grave91; The Funeral as Performance; The Funeral as Lesson114; Deepening Fervor

CHAPTER 7 NATIONAL HEROINE, 1919-1923Variations on a Theme, 1919-1921; The Archive, 1919-1921; The Biography, 192261; The Monument, 1923; Counterheroes, 1919-1923; CHAPTER 8 PALIMPSEST, 1924-2007; Interwar Emblem, 1924-1940; Face of the Resistance, 1940-1949; Last Efforts, 1964-1966; Retreat, 1986-2007; CONCLUSION; NOTES; BIBLIOGRAPHY; INDEX

In central Brussels stands a statue of a young woman. Built in 1923, it is the first monument to a working-class woman in European history. Her name was Gabrielle Petit. History has forgotten Petit, an ambitious and patriotic Belgian, executed by firing squad in 1916 for her role as an intelligence agent for the British Army. After the First World War she was celebrated as an example of stern endeavour, but a hundred years later her memory has faded. In the first part of this historical biography Sophie De Schaepdrijver uses Petit's life to explore gender, class and heroism in the context of

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Sophie De Schaepdrijver is Associate Professor of History at Penn State University, USA. She is an award-winning historian of the social and cultural history of the First World War.

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