Yasmin Khan – Women and War in the British Empire


Event Date: 15 March 2016

Management Building Lecture Theatre
Royal Holloway, University of London
Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX

The Bedford Centre for the History of Women at Royal Holloway University of London presents:

Bedford Centre Lecture 2016

Dr Yasmin Khan (Oxford) – Women and War in the British Empire

This lecture draws on the themes of my recent book, the Raj at War, to discuss the role that women played in twentieth century warfare across the British Empire. They could be mothers, wives, labourers, nurses, prostitutes or military officers. Women were often crucial to the feasibility of military campaigns in the Second World War, but also resisted and challenged conventional warfare. I will examine how military histories have obscured the centrality of women to imperial warfare.

Yasmin Khan is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Oxford where she teaches in the Department for Continuing Education. From 2005-2012 she was a Lecturer in the Department for Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway. She is the author of The Great Partition: the Making of India and Pakistan (Yale, 2007) and The Raj at War: A People’s History of India’s Second World War (Bodley Head, 2015) and is interested in the history of modern South Asia, decolonization and refugees.

Introduction by Dr Jane Hamlett (Director, Bedford Centre, RHUL):




Vote of Thanks by Professor Sarah Ansari (RHUL):




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