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Gender, Labour, War and Empire offers a collection of original essays by a lively mix of scholars interested in the cultures of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain. Topics range from prostitution and early nineteenth-century slavery to responses to interracial marriage in the postwar era. In particular, the volume focuses on the Second World War and its aftermath, including its effects on decolonization. Inspired by the work of Sonya O. Rose, it provides a critical examination of how studies of gender, ...

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Overview

Gender, Labour, War and Empire offers a collection of original essays by a lively mix of scholars interested in the cultures of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain. Topics range from prostitution and early nineteenth-century slavery to responses to interracial marriage in the postwar era. In particular, the volume focuses on the Second World War and its aftermath, including its effects on decolonization. Inspired by the work of Sonya O. Rose, it provides a critical examination of how studies of gender, labour and war have transformed the history of modern imperial Britain.

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"This elegant volume not only celebrates one of the most influential social historians of our time, but offers a compelling and up to date historiographical treatment of the most important trends in British history over the last generation."—Nicoletta F. Gullace, University of New Hampshire
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230265981
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/12/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 717 KB

Meet the Author

PHILIPPA LEVINE teaches history at the University of Southern California. She has published most recently on sexuality and gender in the British Empire and is currently at work on a study of evolution and eugenics.

SUSAN R. GRAYZEL teaches history at the University of Mississippi. She is author of Womens Identities at War: Gender, Motherhood and Politics in Britain and France during the First World War (1999), winner of the 2000 British Council Prize, and Women and First World War (2002). Her current work focuses on gender and warfare from 1914-1945.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Notes on Contributors x

List of Illustrations xiii

1 Introduction Philippa Levine Susan R. Grayzel 1

Part I Labour, Sex and Race: The Problems of Modernity 13

2 Remaking the British Working Class: Sonya Rose and Feminist History Dennis Dworkin 15

3 In Search of Free Labour: Trinidad and the Abolition of the British Slave Trade James Epstein 33

4 Race and the Regulation of Prostitution: Comparing Public Health in the U.S. and Greater Britain Philippa Levine 51

5 The Colonial Actress: Empire, Modernity and the Exotic in Twentieth-Century London Angela Woollacott 72

Part II Gender, Identity and the Second World War 91

6 British Feminism in the Second World War Harold L. Smith 93

7 "Magazines are essentially about the here and now. And this was wartime": British Vogue's Responses to the Second World War Becky E. Conekin 116

8 "Fighting for the Idea of Home Life": Mrs Miniver and Anglo-American Representations of Domestic Morale Susan R. Grayzel 139

9 Film and the Popular Memory of the Second World War in Britain 1950-1959 Penny Summerfield 157

Part III Gender, Race and the Aftermath of War and Empire 177

10 Men of the Royal Air Force, the Cultural Memory of the Second World War and the Twilight of the British Empire Martin Francis 179

11 Disturbing the People's Peace: Patriotism and "Respectable" Racism in British Responses to Rhodesian Independence Alice Ritscherle 197

12 "Would You Let Your Daughter Marry a Negro?": Race and Sex in 1950s Britain Elizabeth Buettner 219

13 How is the National Past Imagined? National Sentimentality, True Feeling and the "Heritage Film", 1980-1995 Geoff Eley 238

14Afterword to Gender, Labour, War and Empire Laura L. Frader 256

Index 269

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