Sonya Rose - Service and Sacrifice: Colonial Troops and the First World War
Wednesday 14th March 12.30 - 2.30 Room G16 Birkbeck Main Building
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This seminar will explore what historical scholarship suggests about how the meanings of the key wartime concepts of service and sacrifice resonated across Britain’s colonial empire. It will consider what it meant under different circumstances to ‘volunteer’ and will assess how colonial participation in the war effort was secured and with what consequences. The issues of gender, race and national consciousness will be central to the discussion
Sonya O. Rose (BIH Visiting Fellow) is Emeritus Professor of History, Sociology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan and Honorary Professor of History at the University of Warwick (UK). A scholar of nineteenth and twentieth-century British history, she was at the University of Michigan from 1993 until her retirement in 2006, and Honorary Professor of History at Warwick 2007-2012. She is the author of Limited Livelihoods: Gender and Class in Nineteenth-Century England (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992); Which People’s War: National Identity and Citizenship in Wartime Britain, 1939-45 (Oxford University Press, 2003), and What is Gender History? (Polity, 2010). She has also co-edited several volumes of essays, most recently with Catherine Hall, At Home with the Empire: Metropolitan Culture and the Imperial World (Cambridge University Press, 2006). Author of numerous essays, her work has focused on gender as a central factor in the development of industrial capitalism, in its complex relationship to citizenship, and on the home front in World War II and its aftermath. Currently she is collaborating on a handbook project, ‘Gender, Military, and War in Modern History (1600-2000)’. Her primary focus concerning this project is on the ‘The Age of the World Wars (1910s-1940s)’.