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The World's War by David Olusoga

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That in the centenary year of the First World War there could still be revelations is quite astounding, shocking too that much of the accounts in David Olusoga’s book don’t appear in other histories of the war. He is writing about how the image of the “British Tommy” in the trenches is only part of the story, the war was after all a World War and thus the nations involved range from Fiji to China by way of India and Canadian Native Americans. David Olusoga explores the war as a multi-national experience on many different fronts, the battles, the people involved and what happened to them and, above all, why did their contribution fade from history.

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Who is Sue Baker

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Our view of the Great War is forever dominated by images of Europe at war in the trenches of Flanders. David Olusoga reminds us, however, that it was called a world war for a reason. There were campaigns in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and Europeans fought against and alongside peoples from other continents. This globalisation of violence was even more true of the conflict fought in Europe, where the Allies bought in colonial soldiers to boost their numbers and break the deadlock. The wartime experience of these African, Chinese or Indian participants, for too long neglected, is detailed here.
~ Jonathan North


The World's War by David Olusoga

A unique account of the millions of colonial troops who fought in the First World War, and why they were later air-brushed out of history. David Olusoga quotes extensively from soldiers' diaries and other eye-witness sources, bringing to life the searing experiences of these non-white troops. THE WORLD'S WAR unveils shocking truths such as: - The first soldier of the British Army to fire a shot in World War One was a black African. - By the end of 1914 one third of the British sector of the Western Front was held by Indian soldiers. - By 1917 the Western Front was the most multi-national, multi-racial, multi-faith place that had ever existed - a strange portent of Europe's future. - Germany created a special camp with a mosque and halal food in an attempt to persuade Muslim P.O.W.s to defect.


'In a remarkable and eye-opening book Olusoga has restored the conflict's global perspectives ... the magnificent, eloquently written The World's War is a genuinely groundbreaking piece of research'
BBC History

'Meticulously researched and beautifully written'
Military History Monthly

About the Author

David Olusoga is a historian and a BBC producer, and an expert on the themes of colonialism, slavery and racism. He is the co-author of the much-praised THE KAISER'S HOLOCAUST (2010).

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Book Info

Publication date

9th April 2015


David Olusoga

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Head of Zeus


432 pages


World War One Literature
Biography / Autobiography
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First World War
European history
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000



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