318 pp., 6 x 9, 5 illus
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4471-7
Published: November 1994
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-6065-6
Published: November 2000
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About the Author
Antoinette Burton is Professor of History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
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"A provocative and interesting example of historical reconstruction."--Choice
"This is a serious contribution to feminist history and the history of feminism: both have much to learn from Burton's critical reading of this epoch."--Journal of Modern History
"Burton's scrupulous study of how Victorian feminism was shaped by British imperial culture between 1865 and 1915 has exceeded my hopes for this project. It provides an authoritative account that fills in a central blank spot in current understandings of the history of British feminism and British imperialism."--Nineteenth-Century Prose
"Burton is a skilled researcher whose breadth of scholarship is matched by a depth of sophistication that makes this an impressive work. . . . If the history of feminism is tarnished by Burton's sophisticatedly critical reading, it is also indubitably rendered more realistic, inviting a new and fruitful phase of historical inquiry."--Philippa Levine, University of Southern California
"A major reinterpretation of how nineteenth-century British feminists constructed Indian women as the white woman's burden to justify their claim to suffrage. Eliding the British nation and its empire, British women activists preached sisterhood but treated Indian women as a subordinate cultural Other with profound implications for contemporary feminisms."--Barbara N. Ramusack, University of Cincinnati
"The Burdens of History is a superb piece of historical writing and analysis, deeply researched and eloquently written. Burton uses the insights of feminist and post-colonial theory to examine the imperial location of late-Victorian and Edwardian feminism. Her study of women's suffrage, anti-regulation, and the women's press will force historians of the metropolis to reexamine our field, to make an imaginative break with the opposition of home and away that has constrained our interpretive vision."--Judith R. Walkowitz, The Johns Hopkins University