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Distant SistersAustralasian Women and the International Struggle for the Vote, 1880-1914$
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James Keating

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526140951

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7765/9781526140968

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Introduction: Leading the empire, leading the world?

Introduction: Leading the empire, leading the world?

(p.1) Introduction: Leading the empire, leading the world?
Distant Sisters

James Keating

Manchester University Press

This introduction describes the major arguments and methodologies employed in the book, including the application of new imperial history models, networked conceptions of empire, and transnational history to the study of the Australasian and international women’s movements. It traces the trajectories of national suffrage historiography in Australia and New Zealand and details the existence of deep connections between suffragists across Britain’s Australasian colonies as well as these activists’ efforts to build meaningful connections with like-minded women across the world. It concludes by outlining the book’s primary sources and introducing its primary case studies: New South Wales, New Zealand, and South Australia. By paying careful attention to women from these emblematic colonies, it at once restores the suffragists to the overlapping worlds of Australasian and international feminist activism that they did so much to build and identifies the limits of transnational thought and action at the fin-de-siècle.

Keywords:   Australia, Australasia, international feminism, new imperial history, New South Wales, New Zealand, South Australia, suffrage historiography, transnational history

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