Race, Empire and First World War Writing

Race, Empire and First World War Writing

Language: English

Pages: 350

ISBN: 1107664497

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

This volume brings together an international cast of scholars from a variety of fields to examine the racial and colonial aspects of the First World War, and show how issues of race and empire shaped its literature and culture. The global nature of the First World War is fast becoming the focus of intense inquiry. This book analyses European discourses about colonial participation and recovers the war experience of different racial, ethnic and national groups, including the Chinese, Vietnamese, Indians, Maori, West Africans and Jamaicans. It also investigates testimonial and literary writings, from war diaries and nursing memoirs to Irish, New Zealand and African American literature, and analyses processes of memory and commemoration in the former colonies and dominions. Drawing upon archival, literary and visual material, the book provides a compelling account of the conflict's reverberations in Europe and its empires and reclaims the multiracial dimensions of war memory.

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Have disappeared down a historical black hole or, at best, has been relegated to a brief reference or footnote in general histories of modern China.6 Conventional Eurocentric approaches to the First World War have also largely overlooked the story of the Chinese labourers, a lacuna that persists in English- and French-language scholarship on First World War labour mobilisation.7 Chinese-language scholarship on the subject has likewise been sparse, producing to date only one monograph.8 There are.

Enjoyed immunity from Chinese jurisdiction because of the privilege of extraterritoriality granted to all foreigners in China – from recruiting Chinese indentured labour (often forcibly or through deception) from the mid 1840s to 1873 (when the trade was formally ended). The appalling conditions and treatment suffered by these labourers gradually convinced the dynasty that strict official supervision of recruitment practices and conditions had to be implemented, although the ‘coolies’ were by no.

For example, on at least one occasion around January 1917, women accompanying Lettow-Vorbeck’s force in the Rufiji region consumed their rations too quickly, and refused to go any further. Some even ‘[went] so far as to attack and beat the European who was in charge of the transport’.41 To solve the problem, askari hunters were sent out to shoot game. Askari households were patrilineal, so women were expected to follow their husbands wherever they went. Many women living under colonialism found.

These devastated lands, who committed the crime’. Today, Jules Bailleul’s name is the last to figure on the local war memorial in Dickebusch. 56 The first note in the city of Ypres’s Register of Deaths from July 1919, still in use by the town administration, records the death of 13-year-old Martha Staelens on the Kemmel Road. The fact that the deceased was declared by the Ypres police commissioner indicates a violent death. An article in the local weekly paper De Poperinghenaar (27 July 1919).

Pleural fistula case, which was much wasted, the men were of remarkably fine physique. They compare very favourably with Algerians.42 Many French nurse memoirs too adopt the voice of a pseudo-ethnographer, recording extensive details of the physical characteristics, dress, religious habits and customs of their authors’ African and Indian patients in a manner reminiscent of colonial travel writing. Geneviève Duhamelet, for 168 alison s. fell example, records in her lively semi-fictionalised.

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