Manliness and Masculinities in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Essays on Gender, Family and Empire

TitleManliness and Masculinities in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Essays on Gender, Family and Empire
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsTosh, John
Number of Pages225
PublisherPearson Longman
CityHarlow
Abstract

In the space of barely fifteen years, the history of masculinity has become an important dimension of social and cultural history. In this book, John Tosh brings together nine key articles which he has written over the past ten years. These pieces document the aspirations of the first contributors to the field, and the development of an agenda of key historical issues which have become central to our conceptualizing of gender in history. Later essays take up the issue of periodization and the relationship of masculinity to other historical identities and structures, particularly in the context of the family. The last two essays, published for the first time, approach British imperial history in a fresh way. They argue that the Empire needs to be seen as a specifically male enterprise, answering to masculine aspirations and insecurities. This leads to illuminating insights into the nature of colonial emigration and the popular investment in empire during the era the New Imperialism.

URLhttps://doi.org/10.4324/9781315838533
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