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Colonial Military Participation in Europe (Africa)


Koller, Christian (2014). Colonial Military Participation in Europe (Africa). Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin.

Abstract

This article analyzes the deployment of about half a million African soldiers in Europe, where most of them fought in the French army. It first outlines the numbers and origins of African soldiers as well as the ways they were deployed in Europe. Then it explores Africans’ war experiences, their impact on colonial societies, and European perceptions of African troops, arguing that African military participation on European battlefields was a crucial experience both for Africans and Europeans. Nevertheless, the question of whether the deployment of Africans in Europe tightened or loosened colonial bonds has no simple answer.

Abstract

This article analyzes the deployment of about half a million African soldiers in Europe, where most of them fought in the French army. It first outlines the numbers and origins of African soldiers as well as the ways they were deployed in Europe. Then it explores Africans’ war experiences, their impact on colonial societies, and European perceptions of African troops, arguing that African military participation on European battlefields was a crucial experience both for Africans and Europeans. Nevertheless, the question of whether the deployment of Africans in Europe tightened or loosened colonial bonds has no simple answer.

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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, et al
Language:English
Date:2014
Deposited On:18 Dec 2014 12:56
Last Modified:22 Nov 2022 16:48
Publisher:Freie Universität Berlin
Series Name:1914-1918-online : International Encyclopedia of the First World War
OA Status:Gold
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.15463/ie1418.10193
Official URL:http://encyclopedia.1914-1918-online.net/article/colonial_military_participation_in_europe_africa
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English
  • Description: CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 DE
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)