Female imperialism and national identity

Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire

By Katie Pickles

Female imperialism and national identity


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-6391-6
  • Pages: 209
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £16.99
  • Published Date: April 2009
  • BIC Category: British Empire, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain, British Empire, Society & social sciences / Gender studies: women, Humanities / Colonialism & imperialism, History, United Kingdom, Great Britain, Gender studies: women & girls, European history, Colonialism & imperialism
  • Series: Studies in Imperialism


Through a study of the British Empire's largest women's patriotic organisation, formed in 1900, and still in existence, this book examines the relationship between female imperialism and national identity. It throws new light on women's involvement in imperialism; on the history of 'conservative' women's organisations; on women's interventions in debates concerning citizenship and national identity; and on the history of women in white settler societies.

After placing the IODE (Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire) in the context of recent scholarly work in Canadian, gender, imperial history and post-colonial theory, the book follows the IODE's history through the twentieth century. Tracing the organisation into the postcolonial era, where previous imperial ideas are outmoded, it considers the transformation from patriotism to charity, and the turn to colonisation at home in the Canadian North.


This book is a timely and meticulously researched study of a one formidable organization of women, the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire. This is a valuable study that opens fresh perspectives on 'womens's work' as well as on the formation of national identity.


List of figures and tables Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Genealogy of an imperial and nationalistic Order 2. Female imperialism at the periphery: organizing principles, 1900-1919 3. Women, race and assimilation: the canadianizing twenties 4. Exhibiting Canada: empire, migration and the 1928 English schoolgirl tour 5. Britishness and Canadian nationalism: Daughters of the Empire, mothers in their own homes, 1929-1945 6. "Other than Stone and Mortar": war memorials, memory, and imperial knowledge 7. Conservative women and democracy: defending Cold War Canada 8. Modernizing the North: women, internal colonisation and indigenous peoples Conclusion Note on sources Notes Bibliography


Katie Pickles is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand

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