Imperial Leather chronicles the dangerous liaisons between gender, race and class that shaped British imperialism and its bloody dismantling. Spanning the century between Victorian Britain and the current struggle for power in South Africa, the book takes up the complex relationships between race and sexuality, fetishism and money, gender and violence, domesticity and the imperial market, and the gendering of nationalism within the zones of imperial and anti-imperial power.Photographic captions hail women in the Victorian iconography of cleanliness, purity and aquot; maternal fecundity as the gatekeepers of the nation. ... The monument took the form of a circular domestic enclosure, where women stand weeping with their children. Here ... stemming from colonial womena#39;s ambiguous relation to imperial domination, but as emblematic of national (that is, male) disempowerment.