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Marilyn Lake has been ARC Professorial Fellow and Professor in History at The University of Melbourne, and has held a Personal Chair in History at La Trobe University. Her research interests include feminist theory and the history of sexuality, work, World Wars 1 and 2, nationalism, colonialism and Australian gender relations, and the history and theory of citizenship.
In 2020, her Progressive New World: How Settler Colonialism and Transpacific Exchange Shaped American Reform was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards (Australian history).
Sources include 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