Dr Eliza Riedi

Lecturer in Imperial History

School/Department: History, Politics and International Relations, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2807



I was educated at Selwyn College, Cambridge, and the University of St Andrews and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


My research centres mainly on gender and imperialism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in particular the interactions between British women and the British Empire. I am currently completing a study of the South African War in British women's history funded by a British Academy Small Grant.




  1. Sport and the Military: the British Armed Forces, 1880-1960 (Cambridge University Press, 2010) (jointly authored with Professor Tony Mason).


Journal Articles


1.  'Our Soldiers' Widows: Charity, British War Widows, and the South African War (1899-1902)', War in History, 28:1 (2021), pp. 46-70.

2.  'British Widows of the South African War and the Origins of War Widows Pensions', Twentieth Century British History, 29:2 (2018), pp. 169-198

3.  'Assisting Mrs Tommy Atkins: Gender, Class, Philanthropy, and the Domestic Impact of the South African War, 1899-1902', Historical Journal, 60:3 (2017), pp. 745-69.

4.  'Imperialist Women and Conservative Activism in Early-Twentieth-Century Britain: the political world of Violet Milner', Women's History Review, 22:6 (2013), 930-53.

5.  'The Women Pro-Boers: Gender, Peace and the Critique of Empire in the South African War', Historical Research, 86 (2013), pp. 92-115.

6.  '"Leather" and the Fighting Spirit: Sport in the British Army in World War I' (jointly authored with Tony Mason), Canadian Journal of History, 41:3 (2006), pp. 485-516. Reprinted in W.Vamplew and M. Dyreson, eds, Sport History (Sage Publications, 2016)

7.  'Teaching Empire: British and Dominion Women Teachers in the South African War Concentration Camps', English Historical Review, 120 (2005), pp. 1316-1347. Reprinted in J. Martin and J. Goodman, eds, Women and Education (Routledge, 2010) and in the English Historical Review 2018 virtual issue 'Women in the English Historical Review'

8.  'Women, Gender and the Promotion of Empire: the Victoria League 1901-1914', Historical Journal, 45:3 (2002), pp. 569-599

9.  'Options for an Imperialist Woman: the case of Violet Markham, 1899-1914', Albion, 32:1 (2000), pp. 59-84



I would be interested in supervising PhDs on: nineteenth and twentieth-century British women's history especially the history of feminism, suffrage and women’s activism; gender and imperialism; the impact of the empire on Britain in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.


My current teaching includes HS1000 Making History HS1013 Great Britain HS2231 Gender History.
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