Ebook. The 'Great War for Civilisation' was more than a European conflict. It was a global war spanning Asia, Africa and beyond. Drawing on original archival research in several languages and employing multidisciplinary frames of analysis, this innovative volume explores how race and empire were commemorated during the First World War Centenary.
For many of the 200,000 African American soldiers sent to Europe with the American Expeditionary Forces in WWI, encounters with French civilians and colonial African troops led them to imagine a world beyond Jim Crow. This work explores how WWI mobilized a generation.
Using a diverse range of sources, Williams connects the history of African American soldiers and veterans to issues such as the obligations of citizenship, combat and labor, diaspora and internationalism, homecoming and racial violence, "New Negro" militancy, and African American historical memories of the war.