Emma Wordsworth is a first year Cambridge Trust-funded PhD student at Wolfson College under the joint supervision of Samita Sen and Bronwen Everill. She gained her BA (Hons) and MA in History from the University of Auckland. Her MA thesis compared British famine relief advocates' reactions and responses to the Bengal and Anatolian famines between 1873-1875.
For her PhD at Cambridge, Emma will build upon her Masters project by examining the changes in Victorian famine relief policy across the course of the 1870s and between different geographical spaces. She is interested in how Victorian humanitarian agents understood the nature and causes of each famine as well as how these Britons represented famine victims in their appeals for aid. She seeks to compare how these understandings manifested in British public and private aid responses both within and beyond Britain's formal empire. More broadly, she will examine how famine relief was inextricable from British infrastructural development schemes, the integration of agriculturalists into the global market economy, and the Victorian 'civilising mission' in India, the Ottoman Empire, and China.
Centre for History and Economics,
Cambridge CB3 0AG, UK
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