Indigenous Peoples of the British Dominions and the First World War

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 3, 2011 - History
This pioneering comparative history of the participation of indigenous peoples of the British Empire in the First World War is based upon archival research in four continents. It provides the first comprehensive examination and comparison of how indigenous peoples of Canada, Australia, Newfoundland, New Zealand and South Africa experienced the Great War. The participation of indigenes was an extension of their ongoing effort to shape and alter their social and political realities, their resistance to cultural assimilation or segregation and their desire to attain equality through service and sacrifice. While the dominions discouraged indigenous participation at the outbreak of war, by late 1915 the imperial government demanded their inclusion to meet the pragmatic need for military manpower. Indigenous peoples responded with patriotism and enthusiasm both on the battlefield and the home front and shared equally in the horrors and burdens of the First World War.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Colonization and the settler state
13
2 Racial constructs and martial theories
34
3 Precedents of military pragmatism
45
4 Dominion defence acts
60
5 1914 Subjugated spectators
68
6 19151916 King and country call
97
7 19171918 All the Kings men
149
8 Indigenous soldiers
189
9 The home front
218
10 Peace with prejudice
229
Conclusion
256
Bibliography
271
Index
301
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Timothy C. Winegard is Assistant Professor of History at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado. His publications include Oka: A Convergence of Cultures and the Canadian Forces (2008) and For King and Kanata: Canadian Indians and the First World War (2012). He served for nine years as an officer in the Canadian Forces including a two-year attachment to the British Army.

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