Jarboe’s book “is about [Indian soldiers’] contributions to the imperial war effort on the battlefield, the contested meanings contemporaries drew from soldiers’ wartime experiences, and the impacts these had on the British Empire’s racial politics and on British colonial rule” (1). It has eight chapters. Chapter 1 covers pre-war years from 1857 to 1914, focusing on “the racial politics of the British Empire” (23), Indian Army recruitment in Punjab, and Indian nationalism. Chapter 2 covers Indian responses to war in 1914, Chapter 3 Indian troops on the western front in 1914/5, and Chapter 4 Indians wounded in France and Iraq (Mesopotamia). Chapter 5 discusses Indian soldiers held captive in Germany and the Ottoman Empire. Chapter 6 examines military operations from 1916 to 1918, mainly in Iraq and Palestine, and Chapter 7 wartime recruitment in India, especially in the war’s later stages. Chapter 8 explores postwar India, in particular 1919, including...
Indian Soldiers in World War I: Race and Representation in an Imperial War by Andrew T. Jarboe
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George Morton-Jack; Indian Soldiers in World War I: Race and Representation in an Imperial War by Andrew T. Jarboe. The Journal of Interdisciplinary History 2022; 53 (1): 153–154. doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/jinh_r_01807
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