Imperial soldiers played a significant and increasingly well acknowledged part in the Second World War, but what about the women of the British empire? What stories might global and feminist histories of the Second World War reveal? Along the thoroughfares of empire, from Aden to Calcutta and Hong Kong, women’s lives were transformed by the pressures of the global war.

Listen to Yasmin Khan explore some of the most marginal and forgotten voices in British Second World War history, in her 2019 Raphael Samuel Memorial Lecture on “Women on the Frontline of Empire”.

This History Workshop Podcast was recorded by Elly Robson, introduced by Marybeth Hamilton and edited by Imogen Greenberg. The annual Raphael Samuel Memorial Lecture has been organised by the Raphael Samuel History Centre since 1998.

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