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Female Philanthropy in the Interwar World


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List of Illustrations Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations Introduction 1. Relationships 2. Knowledge 3. Identity 4. Culture 5. Communication Conclusion Bibliography Index

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A study of four female philanthropists during the interwar period, analysing the role their activity played in the making of modern British culture and Britain's relationship with the wider world.

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Eve Colpus is Lecturer in British and European History post-1850 at the University of Southampton, UK.


Colpus makes use of personal archives, newspapers, journals, and a wide array of secondary sources, all of which help support her compelling study of these women, their work, and what it meant in its time. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. * CHOICE *
Thought-provoking ... a welcome addition to a growing literature on the subject of female philanthropy, across time periods and national settings. * Women's History Review *
A fascinating, path-breaking study of twentieth-century philanthropy as witnessed through the intellectual, physical and moral journeys of four distinguished but diverse British women. Colpus moves beyond conventional structural understandings of the charitable relationship and illustrates the importance of individual agency within interwar female philanthropic ideas and practices. * Sue Morgan, Emeritus Professor of Gender and Women's History, University of Chichester, UK *
This portrait of four remarkable women philanthropists delivers an exciting reinterpretation of British voluntarism in the 1920s and 1930s-a subject that has long called for more scholarly attention. Colpus shows that far from being a narrow and fading Victorian remnant, interwar philanthropy was often modern, dynamic, and ambitious in scope. * Ellen Ross, Professor Emerita of History and Women's Studies, Ramapo College, New Jersey, USA. *

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