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The World's War
01 Aug 2014 * EBOOK * £4.99 * 9781781858967

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.

Non Fiction / HBLW (Modern History)
Extent: 432 pages
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The World's War: Forgotten Soldiers of Empireby David Olusoga

'A groundbreaking and important book that will surely reframe our understanding of the Great War' David Lammy

'A genuinely groundbreaking piece of research' BBC History

'Meticulously researched and beautifully written' Military History Monthly

In a sweeping narrative, David Olusoga describes how Europe's Great War became the World's War – a multi-racial, multi-national struggle, fought in Africa and Asia as well as in Europe, which pulled in men and resources from across the globe.

Throughout, he exposes the complex, shocking paraphernalia of the era's racial obsessions, which dictated which men would serve, how they would serve, and to what degree they would suffer. As vivid and moving as it is revelatory and authoritative, The World's War explores the experiences and sacrifices of four million non-European, non-white people whose stories have remained too long in the shadows.

David Olusoga OBE is a British-Nigerian historian, author, presenter and BAFTA-winning film-maker. He is Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester and is a regular contributor to the Observer, Guardian, New Statesman and BBC History Magazine. Olusoga's presenting credits include A House Through Time, Black and British, The World's War and The Unwanted: The Secret Windrush Files. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Historical Society and sits on the Scott Trust.

'A groundbreaking and important book that will surely reframe our understanding of the Great War' David Lammy

'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 Magazine

'Meticulously researched and beautifully written' Military History Monthly

'The wartime experience of African, Chinese and Indian participants, for too long neglected, is detailed here' Good Book Guide

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