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Bonnie White

bonnie_white_8240.jpgBonnie White, BA (Hons.) (Saint Mary's); MA (University of New Brunswick, Fredericton); PhD (McMaster)

Phone: (709) 639-6519


Office: AS332Q


Dr. White teaches in the area of twentieth century European social history. She teaches courses on pre-modern and modern Europe, including Britain, Germany, the First World War, conceptions of space and power in Victorian London, and revolutionary movements in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She has published a number of articles on women's work in Britain the mid-twentieth century, and is the author of the monograph The Women's Land Army in First World War Britain (Palgrave, 2014).  Her current research focuses on women's migration from Britain after the First World War, and she is working on her second monograph, The Society for the Oversea Settlement of British Women, 1919-1964 (under contract with Palgrave Macmillan).

Current research

Dr. White is interested in women’s history and social change during and after the First World War. She is particularly interested in women’s activism through volunteer and government organizations. Dr. White is currently working on a study of the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire in western Newfoundland.

Recent publications


The Women’s Land Army in First World War Britain. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.



“Meriel Talbot and the Society for the Overseas Settlement of British Women, 1919-1929.” Britain and the World, 10, no. 1 (2017): 32-52.

“What to do with the Girls?” The Legacy of Women Farm Workers in Britain, 1919-1939.” Historical Reflections, 42, no. 2 (2016): 97-114.

‘Food Protests and the (In)equality of Sacrifice in First World War Devon.” The Local Historian, 45, no. 1 (2015): 19-32.

 “Remembrance, Retrospection, and the Women’s Land Army in First World War Britain.” Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, 22, no. 2 (2011) 162-194.

 “Sowing the Seeds of Patriotism: the Women’s Land Army in First World War Devon.” The Local Historian, 4, no. 11 (2011): 13-27.

 “Feeding the War Effort: Agricultural Experiences in First World War Britain.” Agricultural History Review, 58, no. 1 (2010): 95-112.

 “Volunteerism and Early Recruitment Strategies in Devonshire, August 1914-December 1915.” Historical Journal, 53, no. 3 (2009): 621-666.



“Spinsters, War Widows, and Wounded Soldiers: The Great War Novels of Berta Ruck” co-authored with Johnathan H. Pope, English, Grenfell Campus. Women’s History Review, 27, no. 7 (2018): 1085-1102.



‘Wigwams and Resort Towns: The Housing Crisis in First World War Devon,’ The Great War: Localities and Regional Identities, eds. Nicholas Mansfield and Craig Horner. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2014.

Office of the Registrar

Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
20 University Drive, Corner Brook, NL
A2H 5G4, Canada

Office: AS 277
Phone: (709) 637-6298