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‘The Truest Form of Patriotism’: Pacifist Feminism in Britain, 1870–1902

Heloise Brown


This book explores the pervasive influence of pacifism on Victorian feminism. It provides an account of Victorian women who campaigned for peace, and of the many feminists who incorporated pacifist ideas into their writing on women and gender. The book explores feminists' ideas about the role of women within the empire, their eligibility for citizenship, and their ability to act as moral guardians in public life. It shows that such ideas made use – in varying ways – of gendered understandings of the role of force and the relevance of arbitration and other pacifist strategies. The book examines ... More

Keywords: pacifism, Victorian feminism, gender, empire, eligibility for citizenship, moral guardians, public life, arbitration, Quaker pacifists, Victorian women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780719065309
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719065309.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Heloise Brown, author