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One of the first single-authored books to survey the role of sex and gender in the 'new imperial history', Gender and Empire covers the whole British Empire, demonstrating connections and comparisons between the white-settler colonies, and the colonies of exploitation and rule. Through key topics and episodes across a broad range of British Empire history, Angela Woollacott examines how gender ideologies and practices affected women and men, and structured imperial politics and culture. Woollacott integrates twenty years of scholarship, providing fresh insights and interpretation using feminist and postcolonial approaches.
Fiction and other vivid primary sources present the voices of historical subjects, enlivening discussions of central topics and debates in imperial and colonial history. The circulation of imperial culture and colonial subjects along with conceptions of gender and race reveals the integrated nature of British colonialism from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. Authoritative and approachable, this is essential reading for students of world history, imperial history and gender relations.
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ANGELA WOOLLACOTT is Professor of Modern History at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Her books include On Her Their Lives Depend: Munitions Workers in the Great War (1994) and To Try Her Fortune in London: Australian Women, Colonialism and Modernity (2001).Review:
'The combination of synthesis and interpretation of the existing scholarly field, plus insights drawn from Woollacott's own research, make this an effective undergraduate text.' - Catherine Hall, University College London, UK 'Well-written, comprehensive, and accessible.' - Durba Ghosh, Cornell University, USA 'Angela Woollacott's Gender and Empire is a brief, clear and compelling introduction to the relationship between the construction of gender and the history of the British Empire' - John W Mackey, Journal of British Studies 'For both student and academic readerships, this book offers a wonderful resource, as well as a great example of synthetic writing. Packed with information and populated by a remarkable cast of individual groups, this book is a most enjoyable reading experience' - Fiona Paisley, History Australia '[Woollacott] offers an important synthesis of research done in the field of gender and empire during the last two decades and provides a point of entry for advanced undergraduates interested in engaging with postcolonial feminist scholarship.' - Michelle Tusan, H-Net Reviews 'A succinct yet wide-ranging and accessible study that synthesizes much important recent work.' - Rhonda Semple, H-Net Reviews 'Neither novice nor initiate will be disappointed with a work that is as comprehensive in its historiographical survey as it is thought provoking in its arguements on the future role of gender in an analysis of British imperialism.' Journal of The History of Sexuality
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