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'Marilyn Lake is ARC Professorial Fellow and Professor in History at The University of Melbourne. She previously held a Personal Chair in History at La Trobe University. Her research interests range widely and include feminist theory and the history of sexuality, work, World Wars 1 and 2, nationalism, colonialism and Australian gender relations. Her current research and writing focus on the history and theory of citizenship.' (Source: The Australian Academy of the Humanities website)
'[This] is a pioneering account of the transnational production of whiteness in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A work remarkable both for its international breadth and for its sensitivity to local particularity, it is a model for the new global history.
Marilyn Lake and Henry Reynolds expertly and imaginatively reconstruct how leading white intellectuals and politicians in Australia, South Africa, the United States, and Great Britain fought demands for racial equality and jointly invented new doctrines of racial superiority to justify the maintenance and, in some cases, the reinvigoration of white privilege in every part of the world that Britain either controlled or in which it had once deposited its settlers.
A powerful and sobering history, incisively and elegantly told.' Gary Gerstle, author of American Crucible: Race and Nation in the Twentieth Century