The World's War

by David Olusoga

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The World's War Synopsis

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.

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.

The World's War Press Reviews

'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

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ISBN: 9781781858981
Publication date: 09/04/2015
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Book Information

ISBN: 9781781858981
Publication date: 9th April 2015
Author: David Olusoga
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 432 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites, History,
Categories: First World War, European history, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000,

About David Olusoga

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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