Gender and Empire (The Oxford History of the British Empire by Philippa Levine

By Philippa Levine

Focusing the views of gender scholarship at the examine of empire produces an unique quantity filled with interesting new insights concerning the behavior of fellows in addition to girls. Bringing jointly disparate fields - politics, drugs, sexuality, formative years, faith, migration, and plenty of extra issues - this new choice of essays demonstrates the richness of learning empire during the lens of gender. This extra inclusive examine empire asks not just why the empire was once ruled through males, yet how that domination affected the behavior of imperial politics. The clean, new interpretations of the British Empire provided the following will curiosity readers throughout a variety, and should show the energy of this leading edge procedure and the hot historic questions it increases.

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24 The PaciWc voyages of Captain Cook (1768–79) set new standards in enlightened exploration, and Cook himself became the exemplar of this new imperial masculinity, combining expertise, humanitarianism, and compassion in equal measure. By the time of Warren Hastings’ impeachment (1788), Empire could no longer be imagined as an extension of Britain, but a place where disorder, dependency, excess, and savagery required a disciplined, authoritative, but compassionate masculine English subject to rule.

1; James Walvin, Fruits of Empire: Exotic Produce and British Taste, 1660–1800 (London, 1997); David Shields, Civil Tongues and Polite Letters in British America (Chapel Hill, NC, 1997). 7 Eric Hindraker, ‘The ‘‘Four Indian Kings’’ and the Imaginative Construction of the British Empire’, William and Mary Quarterly (hereafter WMQ), Third Series, LIII (1996), p. 504; John Brewer, The Sinews of Power: War, Money and the English State (London, 1987). 8 War and the political opposition generated by the Whig state also reinforced in the minds of metropolitan and colonial subjects an idealized notion of the national character as comprised of the ‘manly’ qualities necessary for military triumph and successful colonization: independence, fortitude, courage, daring, resourcefulness, and paternalistic duty.

London 1777), II, p. 98; Adam Ferguson, An Essay on Civil Society (London, 1766), pp. 146–47; 201. 21 William Alexander, The History of Women, from the Earliest Antiquity to the Present Time, 2 vols. , 1785]. , 2000). 22 kathleen wilson nations’ and manners to the less well-positioned. 23 Sensibility and belief in the modernity of the British nation also helped reshape notions of manliness and of Empire. The ‘man of feeling’ with a capacity for sensibility and sentiment generated new requirements for imperial leaders.

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