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Book review: Agents of Empire: British Female Migration to Canada and Australia, 1860s to 1930, and: Colonial Lives Across the British Empire: Imperial Careering in the Long Nineteenth Century

Gothard, J. (2008) Book review: Agents of Empire: British Female Migration to Canada and Australia, 1860s to 1930, and: Colonial Lives Across the British Empire: Imperial Careering in the Long Nineteenth Century. Victorian Studies, 50 (3). pp. 524-526.

Abstract

In different ways, these books both deal with the making and expression of British imperial feeling through professional lives. David Lambert and Alan Lester 19s edited collection, Colonial Lives Across the British Empire, focuses on what they regard as a relatively unusual category of individual 14one whose career spanned more than one colonial or imperial destination 14whom they differentiate from the more frequently studied settler or traveller of the Empire. Comprising colonial governors, governors 19 wives, missionaries, a nurse, a poet and administrator, and a mercenary, the lives on display represent the heterogeneity of professional Empire careers across the long nineteenth century, the period from the American War of Independence to the First World War. In Agents of Empire, Lisa Chilton examines another category of Empire-driven career, that of imperially minded philanthropic women. Though primarily based in Britain, these middle-and upper-class women were dedicated to the development of the Empire through facilitating the emigration of British women to Australia and Canada. Chilton 19s study is therefore an important addition to the fields of imperial and gender history. Challenging the assumption that imperialism was a fundamentally masculine enterprise 14a position somewhat reinforced by the Lester and Lambert collection, despite the inclusion of three women 14she presents her women emigrators as agents not just of empire, but of 1Cempire feminization 1D...

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publishers Website: http://www.indiana.edu/~victstu/
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/14394
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