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Soldiers of empire: Indian and British armies in World War II

Barkawi, Tarak ORCID: 0000-0001-5526-5055 (2017) Soldiers of empire: Indian and British armies in World War II. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9781316620656

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Identification Number: 10.1017/9781316718612


How are soldiers made? Why do they fight? Re-imagining the study of armed forces and society, Barkawi examines the imperial and multinational armies that fought in Asia in the Second World War, especially the British Indian army in the Burma campaign. Going beyond conventional narratives, Barkawi studies soldiers in transnational context, from recruitment and training to combat and memory. Drawing on history, sociology and anthropology, the book critiques the 'Western way of war' from a postcolonial perspective. Barkawi reconceives soldiers as cosmopolitan, their battles irreducible to the national histories that monopolise them. This book will appeal to those interested in the Second World War, armed forces and the British Empire, and students and scholars of military sociology and history, South Asian studies and international relations.

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Additional Information: © 2017 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D731 World War II
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2018 10:06
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2024 23:48

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