An Imperial World at War: The British Empire, 1939–45 by Ashley Jackson,Yasmin Khan,Gajendra Singh

By Ashley Jackson,Yasmin Khan,Gajendra Singh

At the beginning of the second one global conflict, Britain was once on the peak of its imperial energy, and it's no shock that it drew upon the worldwide assets of the Empire as soon as conflict have been declared. while this overseas point of Britain’s conflict attempt has been well-studied relating to the army contribution of person dominions and colonies, really little has been written in regards to the Empire as an entire. As such, An Imperial global at battle makes an immense contribution to the historiography on the subject of the British Empire and its wartime event. It argues that the battle has to be seen in imperial phrases, that the function of forces drawn from the Empire is poorly understood and that the war's impact on colonial societies is only grasped in any respect in traditional debts. via a chain of case reviews, the quantity demonstrates the elemental position performed via the Empire in Britain’s warfare attempt and highlights a number of the outcomes for either Britain and its imperial territories.Themes include the recruitment and usage of army formations drawn from imperial territories, the adventure of British forces stationed in a foreign country, using strategic bases positioned within the colonies, British coverage within the heart East and the problem posed via starting to be American strength, the career of enemy colonies and the enemy career of British colonies, colonial civil defence measures, monetary aid for the conflict attempt provided via the Empire, and the commemoration of the warfare. The Afterword anticipates a brand new, decentred historical past of the battle that appropriately recognizes the position and significance of individuals and locations in the course of the colonial and semi-colonial world.’

This quantity emanates from a convention equipped as a part of the ‘Home Fronts of the Empire – Commonwealth’ undertaking. The undertaking was once generously funded by means of the humanities and arts study Council and led through Yasmin Khan and Ashley Jackson with Gajendra Singh as Postdoctoral examine Assistant.

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