Greenham Common

Review: Hoefferle on Pettitt and Fairhall

Pettitt, Ann: Walking to Greenham: How the Peace Camp Began and the Cold War Ended. Aberystwyth: Honno Welsh Women's Press 2006. ISBN 1870206762; 310 Seiten; £ 8.99.

Fairhall, David: Common Ground: The Story of Greenham. London: I.B. Tauris 2006. ISBN 1845112865; 216 Seiten; £ 18.99.

Rezensiert für den Arbeitskreis Historische Friedensforschung bei H-Soz-u-Kult von:
Caroline Hoefferle, Wingate University
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Ann Pettitt's Walking to Greenham and David Fairhall's Common Ground are two of the most recent contributions to the much-studied protests which occurred in the 1980s and 1990s at Greenham Common in Newbury, England, the site of an American military base which housed Cruise missiles at the end of the Cold War. These protests against nuclear weapons were unique in many ways, but especially in their women's -only focus and longevity. Sociologists, feminists, women's studies scholars, and historians have written interesting accounts of this fascinating phenomenon since the beginning of the movement in the early 1980s.
Pettitt and Fairhall add to this growing scholarship in two very different ways. As a founder of the Greenham women's movement, Pettitt offers an autobiographical account of the events and her part in challenging the Cold War status quo of the 1980s. Fairhall, on the other hand, offers a journalistic perspective of the Greenham protest and its place in the wider history of the Cold War, women's rights, and English common law. The two works are very different, but complement each other nicely and together provide a good overview of one of the most important protest movements in recent British history.