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Between Acceptance and Refusal - Soldiers' Attitudes Towards War (Africa)


Koller, Christian (2017). Between Acceptance and Refusal - Soldiers' Attitudes Towards War (Africa). Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin.

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All belligerent colonial powers enlisted Africans for fighting, and as carriers and war workers in African, European and Middle Eastern theatres of war. Despite the fact that universal compulsory military service did not apply to African subjects, a considerable share of the more than two million men recruited did not enlist voluntarily. Recruitment thus faced countless forms of opposition, including bribery, malingering and self-mutilation as well as hiding or flight to other territories. Many recruits deserted as soon as the opportunity arose. Last but not least, a considerable number of the many armed revolts in wartime Africa against colonial rule can be linked to forced recruitment.

Abstract

All belligerent colonial powers enlisted Africans for fighting, and as carriers and war workers in African, European and Middle Eastern theatres of war. Despite the fact that universal compulsory military service did not apply to African subjects, a considerable share of the more than two million men recruited did not enlist voluntarily. Recruitment thus faced countless forms of opposition, including bribery, malingering and self-mutilation as well as hiding or flight to other territories. Many recruits deserted as soon as the opportunity arose. Last but not least, a considerable number of the many armed revolts in wartime Africa against colonial rule can be linked to forced recruitment.

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Item Type:Scientific Publication in Electronic Form
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of History
Dewey Decimal Classification:900 History
Editors:Daniel Ute, Gatrell Peter, Janz Oliver, Jones Heather, Keene Jennifer, Kramer Alan, Nasson Bill
Language:English
Date:26 June 2017
Deposited On:26 Jan 2018 09:18
Last Modified:19 Mar 2018 10:12
Publisher:Freie Universität Berlin
Number of Pages:11
OA Status:Green
Official URL:https://encyclopedia.1914-1918-online.net/article/between_acceptance_and_refusal_-_soldiers_attitudes_towards_war_africa

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