Indigenous Peoples of the British Dominions and the First World War by Timothy C. Winegard - PDF and EPUB eBook

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This pioneering comparative history of the participation of indigenous peoples of the British Empire in the First World War is...

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Exact title of the book
Indigenous Peoples of the British Dominions and the First World War
Book author
Timothy C. Winegard
Book edition
Hardcover
Number of pages
330 pages
Language
English
Published
November 3rd 2011 by Cambridge University Press
File size (in PDF)
1320 kB
Indigenous Peoples of the British Dominions and the First World War

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This pioneering comparative history of the participation of indigenous peoples of the British Empire in the First World War is based upon archival research in four continents. It provides the first comprehensive examination and comparison of how indigenous peoples of Canada, Australia, Newfoundland, New Zealand and South Africa experienced the Great War. The participation of indigenes was an extension of their ongoing effort to shape and alter their social and political realities, their resistance to cultural assimilation or segregation and their desire to attain equality through service and sacrifice.

While the dominions discouraged indigenous participation at the outbreak of war, by late 1915 the imperial government demanded their inclusion to meet the pragmatic need for military manpower. Indigenous peoples responded with patriotism and enthusiasm both on the battlefield and the home front and shared equally in the horrors and burdens of the First World War.