Emily Hobhouse: Feminist, Pacifist, Traitor?

TitleEmily Hobhouse: Feminist, Pacifist, Traitor?
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2019
Number of Pages464
PublisherConstable & Robinson
CityLondon, England

It is perhaps understandable that Emily Hobhouse has not to date received the recognition she deserves in her own country, given that she found herself on the wrong side of the kinds of stories that national histories like to tell - opposing British internment camps during the war against the Boers in southern Africa and as a pacifist during the First World War - but it high time, in 2018, that the contribution of this remarkable woman was rediscovered. Author Elsabe Brits travelled in Emily Hobhouse's footsteps, retracing her inspirational, often astonishing story. In the home of the granddaughter of Emily's younger brother, Jennifer Hobhouse Balme, in Canada, Brits found not just Emily's draft autobiography, but also her diaries, of which she had been unaware. With these revealing new sources, Brits brings to life a colourful story of war, heroism and passion, spanning three continents. (Publisher)

Original PublicationSouth Africa: Tafelberg, 2016
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