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Author Barkawi, Tarak, author.

Title Soldiers of empire : Indian and British armies in World War II / Tarak Barkawi, London School of Economics and Political Science.

Publication Info. Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2017.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  940.541254 B24s 2017    ---  Available
1 copy being processed for Axe Acquisitions Order.
Description xvii, 321 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 288-314) and index.
Contents Introduction: decolonizing the soldier -- Part I. Colonial soldiers -- Making colonial soldiers in British India -- Unmaking an imperial army -- Politics and prisoners in the Indian Army -- Part II. Going to war -- Defeat, drill, and discipline -- Ritual, solidarity, and sacrifice -- Battle -- Part III. History and theory -- The experience and representation of combat -- Cosmopolitan military histories and sociologies.
Summary "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 monopolize them." -- Publisher's description
Subject Great Britain. Army. British Indian Army -- History -- World War, 1939-1945.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, East Indian.
Sociology, Military -- India -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Burma.
ISBN 9781107169586 (hardback ; alk. paper)
1107169585 (hardback ; alk. paper)
9781316620656 (paperback ; alk. paper)
1316620654 (paperback ; alk. paper)
Standard No. 40027300175

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