The Experience of the British Empire Soldier, 1916-18
Author: Edward Woodfin
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Dunes, sandstorms, freezing crags and searing heat; these are not the usual images of World War I. For many men from all over the British Empire, this was the experience of the Great War. Based on soldiers' accounts, this book reveals the hardships and complexity of British Empire soldiers' lives in this oft-forgotten but important campaign.
The centenary of the First World War in 2014-18 offers an opportunity to reflect upon the role of gender history in shaping our understanding of this pivotal international event. From the moment of its outbreak, the gendered experiences of the war have been seen by contemporary observers and postwar commentators and scholars as being especially significant for shaping how the war can and must be understood. The negotiating of ideas about gender by women and men across vast reaches of the globe characterizes this modern, instrumental conflict. Over the past twenty-five years, as the scholarship on gender and this war has grown, there has never been a forum such as the one presented here that placed so many of the varying threads of this complex historiography into conversation with one another in a manner that is at once accessible and provocative. Given the vast literature on the war itself, scholarship on gender and various themes and topics provides students as well as scholars with a chance to think not only about the subject of the war but also the methodological implications of how historians have approached it. While many studies have addressed the national or transnational narrative of women in the war, none address both femininity and masculinity, and the experiences of both women and men across the same geographic scope as the studies presented in this volume.
the Under-told Story of the Sinai Palestine Campaign, 1916-1918
Author: Neil Dearberg
Publisher: Interactive Publications Pty Ltd
For 100 years, the astounding story of Anzac horsemen, cameleers, aviators, rough riders, medics, vets, light and armoured cars hasn’t been told. Until now. Championed by Australia’s Lieutenant General Sir Harry Chauvel they overcame early feeble British political and military incompetence. Fast, open conflict, rather than septic trenches, suited their outback upbringing. Part of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, they recovered the Holy Land after 730 years of Muslim control, even saving Lawrence of Arabia and his cause. Their stunning victory at the Battle of Beersheba was the last mass mounted charge of modern times. The ‘great ride’ offensive of the Desert Mounted Corps, with 30,000 horsemen, destroyed the Ottoman Empire and wreaked vengeance for Gallipoli. This is the first detailed account of the extraordinary military campaign that set the stage for today’s Middle East. Dearberg’s Anzac trilogy on World War I is now complete – Gallipoli, France, Palestine.
Who are the people struggling to undermine established governments in such countries as Peru, Sri Lanka and China? This new edition of Revolutionary and Dissident Movements aims to enable you to find out more about such groups and what motivates them.
This is the fourth edition of Revolutionary and Dissident Movements and the first to appear since 1991. The book's primary focus remains the history and contemporary activities of organizations that seek to challenge by extra-legal means, most commonly violent, the stability of the state. Its coverage includes movements seeking autonomy or secession, groups of the extreme left or right acting outside the constitutional framework, proscribed parties, and governments-in-exile, as well as terrorist organizations with a pan-national agenda. Revolutionary and Dissident Movements includes entries on every independent state in the world, compiled by a team of some 80 specialist contributors. It demonstrates the impact, country by country, of global currents, most notably the rise of Islamist movements and the challenge they pose both to the West and to governments in Islamic states. It also illustrates that, in the world as a whole, by far the greatest toll of human life arises from essentially local conflicts between secessionist movements, often ethnically based, and central authorities, with numerous such movements exercising de facto control over significant territory and populations. This book will be of value to political researchers, diplomats and government officials, journalists, information professionals and others needing digested, accessible and reliable data on this major aspect of the current international scene.