Empire, Gender, and Modernity in the Eighteenth Century

TitleEmpire, Gender, and Modernity in the Eighteenth Century
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsWilson, Kathleen
EditorLevine, Philippa
Book TitleGender and Empire
Pagination14-45
PublisherOxford University Press
CityOxford
Abstract

What role did gender play in motivating, maintaining, and challenging the eighteenth-century British Empire? Recent scholarship has just begun to address that question. Spurred by a growing interest in questions of identity and cultural difference, historians of eighteenth-century Britain are beginning to bring the histories of the British nation and the British Empire together and in relation to each other. The importance of gender as a relation of power has been one of the most prominent themes of this new work. This chapter will examine the centrality of gender to British dominion and British modernity and to the categories of difference that Empire claimed to have 'discovered,' vindicated and sustained.

URLhttps://oxford.universitypressscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199249503.001.0001/acprof-9780199249503-chapter-2
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