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Women's Suffrage in the British Empire
Citizenship, Nation and Race

ISBN 9781138007338
Published April 2, 2014 by Routledge

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Book Description

This edited collection examines the campaign for women's suffrage from an international perspective. Leading international scholars explore the relationship between suffragism and other areas of social and political struggle, and examine the ideological and cultural implications of gendered constructions of 'race', nation and empire. The book includes comprehensive case-studies of Britain, India, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Palestine.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Re-thinking suffrage discourse; Chapter 1 The South African War and the origins of suffrage militancy in Britain, 1899–1902, Laura E. Nym Mayhall; Chapter 2 “States of injury”, Antoinette Burton; Chapter 3 “Racial poison”, Mariana Valverde; Chapter 4 Modernity and mother-heartedness, Judith Smart; Chapter 5 White maternity and black infancy, Pamela Scully; Part 2 Local feminisms in an imperial state; Chapter 6 An experiment in the social laboratory?, Raewyn Dalziel; Chapter 7 “Women of the Nations, Unite!”, Ian Christopher Fletcher; Chapter 8 “Pioneering representatives of the Hebrew people”, Ruth Abrams; Chapter 9 Nation, tradition and rights, Ellen Fleischmann; Part 3 Tracking the transnational; Chapter 10 British suffragists and Iranian women, 1906–1911, Mansour Bonakdarian; Chapter 11 “Making fresh Britains across the seas”, Donal Lowry; Chapter 12 Competing transnational representations of the 1930s Indian franchise question, Catherine Candy; Chapter 13 Australian women’s metropolitan activism, Angela Woollacott; Chapter 14 Suffragism and internationalism, Mrinalini Sinha;

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Ian Christopher Fletcher teaches history and women’s studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He is co-editor of European Imperialism, 1830–1930 (with Alice L. Conklin) and a member of the Editorial Collective of Radical History Review.,
Laura E. Nym Mayhall is an assistant professor in the department of History at the Catholic University of America. She is currently completing a book on gender and citizenship in Britain, 1867–1930.,
Philippa Levine teaches history at the University of Southern California. She is the author of Feminist Lives in Victorian England: Private Roles and Public Commitment and The Amateur and the Professional: Historians, Antiquarians and Archaeologists in Victorian England 1838–1886.


'It is an outstanding review of the British Empire and the history of enfranchisement of women.' - Australian Popular Culture and Media Studies