The World's War: Forgotten Soldiers of Empire Episodes Episode guide. The extraordinary story of how Europe's Great War become the World's War - a multi-racial, multi-national struggle fought in Africa and Asia as well as in Europe.
The book nevertheless provides plenty of references including to primary sources and more academic literature for those who want to dig deeper.
Yet a hundred years later, all this is nearly completely forgotten; the entire era has mostly been reduced to English and French soldiers fighting Germans.
It discusses the Indians taken from the British colonial empire that fought on the Western front in Europe. A beautifully written and fascinating history of WWI's global dimension. This title and over 1 million more are available with.
The World's War: Forgotten Soldiers of Empire David Olusoga reveals stories of the millions of Indian, African and Asian troops and ancillaries who fought during World War I.
Don’t we just get a little tired of revisionist historians banging on about Africans and Indians in the great war 1914-18 most of my family on my father’s side were in the Army as regular soldiers during this period, one , my uncle was killed by mustard gas , but all never mentioned once an encounter with the limited amount of Indians and Africans on the western front . Olusoga loves the details. Excellent piece of history.
More clips from The World's War: Forgotten Soldiers of Empire Extended interview with Santanu Das (web exclusive) — Martial Races Duration: 05:57 For example, both the British and French subscribed to a "martial race theory. Ranging from the forgotten contributions of the Chinese Labour Corp to the lynching of African-American veterans upon their return to the US, this book is an incredibly intense and necessary read for anyone with the slightest interest in the First World War. But, they took up a lot of resources and attention at the time.
It should be noted that while the majority of deaths/wound of the war were European, there were hundreds thousands of other people across the globe, who took part and paid their part in suffering, which was largely forgotten after the war.
The First World War had more firsts than one is typically cognizant of. The book is beautiful and horrifying at the same time. Yes that is right.
An excellent and very enlightening history of World War 1, showing how a seemingly European conflict drew in people from right across the globe, with their involvement either at the forefront of battle or in a supporting role. David Olusoga reveals stories of the millions of Indian, African and Asian troops and ancillaries who fought alongside white European troops during World War I. Class, race, religion, gender - the First World War threw a challenge at all of them.
They also came close to achieving a potentially war-winning breakthrough at Neuve Chapelle. The First World War is generally regarded as a “white” war. Presenter David Olusoga with sculpture commemorating 'the Black Heroes of Reims'
August 1st 2014 This book accompanies David Olusoga's excellent TV documentary concerning the contribution made to the First World War by colonial troops and African Americans.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 January 2020. The writing wasn't all that gripping though and, as Olusoga is covering such a vast topic, at times it became a bit too dense for me.
The first in a two-part series written and presented by historian David Olusoga, it told the story of some of the four million non-European, non-white soldiers and auxiliaries who were drafted in to bolster the ranks of Britain and France in their destructive battle against Germany. In a sweeping narrative of the First World War, Olusoga portrays not only the variety of peoples fighting on the Western Front, but also outlines the wider geography of the war - the African and Asian colonies, from Morocco to Bangkok, where the European empires recruited their non-European soldiers.
I have a considerable interest in WW1 probably as result of the number of relatives killed during the conflict.
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But as a history teacher who is black, this book has really resonated with me. Britain’s Great War, the flagship series presented by Jeremy Paxman, managed to sidestep cliché in the main and pick out some fascinating little-known stories. Every major battle fought on the Western Front, from the First Battle of Ypres to the Second Battle of the Marne, was fought by Allied armies that were a kaleidoscope of different ethnicities. Excellent view of World War I not usually seen, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 March 2015. This is an important book highlighting the conflicts around the globe which took place in WW1 and the contribution of people of colour to both western front and other locations.
On iPlayer We call it the First World War, but in Western Europe at least, most of the scrutiny is confined to what happened to Britain, France and Germany (with a side order of Russia) from 1914-18.
Both book and documentaries showcases a largely overlooked aspect of WWI - the contributions of non-Europeans (other than the U.S.) to the war efforts of European countries as soldiers and civilian personnel as well as the effects of the war on the European colonies. The Kaiser's Holocaust: Germany's Forgotten Genocide and the Colonial Roots of Nazism, Civilisations: First Contact / The Cult of Progress: As seen on TV, Black Poppies: Britain's Black Community and the Great War, Black and British: A short, essential history: A short essential history, 'In a remarkable and eye-opening book Olusoga has restored the conflict's global perspectives ... the magnificent, eloquently written, Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire - The Sunday Times Bestseller, Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging.
If you want to gain a deeper understanding of why the First World War truly was a global war, I highly recommend this book. An excellent and very enlightening history of World War 1, showing how a seemingly European conflict drew in people from right across the globe, with their involvement either at the forefront of battle or in a supporting role.
I like Olusoga as a TV presenter, he has a light touch when dealing with heavy subject matter. I barely knew anything about the non-white people fighting during WW1. I shall certainly be looking out for further works by David Olusoga.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 June 2015. He would have fought alongside Indians on the day he died.
The Jats (from the Punjab) were a tough and durable "thoroughbred race", the Pathans were "handsome" and "athletic", and the Gurkhas were cheery, adaptable and friendly.
I first watched the programmes and then bought the book. The World's War: Forgotten Soldiers of Empire, BBC Two . Why can't we appreciate those who helped to usher in a different reality?
Olusoga presented the film with flair and passion, not least when discussing the hypocrisy of taking men from their homes in chains, as the French did in Senegal, so that they could join the Allied powers’ fight for “liberty and civilisation”. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. brilliantly written and an essential read for all.
So brilliantly written.
Please try again. This book brings to life the now sadly forgotten battles in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, and the colonial subjects of Britain, France and Germany that participated in the war effort. But I am really glad that I've read this and I want to search out the documentary that he presented about this topic. by Adam Sweeting Thursday, 07 August 2014.
Should be included in all school curriculum reading to give a more balanced view of history. It was extraordinary stuff, rendered even more powerful by the gently regretful tone of Olusoga's delivery. Bolstering the army: Algerian soldiers heading for action during the First World War, Black people disproportionately affected by homelessness, new data shows, Meet Hope Hicks: One of Donald Trump's closest and longest-serving aides. What I found most interesting and apropos to current events are the cultural and racial bias in these three warring countries with their impact still felt today. The plight of these forgotten soldiers was deeply moving, says Paul Kendall. Really, 4.5 stars.
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