Army of empire : the untold story of the Indian Army in World War I / George Morton-Jack.

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    • Publication Information:
      First U.S. edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Drawing on untapped new sources, the first global history of the Indian Expeditionary Forces in World War I. While their story is almost always overlooked, the 1.5 million Indian soldiers who served the British Empire in World War I played a crucial role in the eventual Allied victory. Despite their sacrifices, Indian troops received mixed reactions from their allies and their enemies alike--some were treated as liberating heroes, some as mercenaries and conquerors themselves, and all as racial inferiors and a threat to white supremacy. Yet even as they fought as imperial troops under the British flag, their broadened horizons fired in them new hopes of racial equality and freedom on the path to Indian independence. Drawing on freshly uncovered interviews with members of the Indian Army in Iraq and elsewhere, historian George Morton-Jack paints a deeply human story of courage, colonization, and racism, and finally gives these men their rightful place in history.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references (pages 530-550) and index.
    • ISBN:
      9780465094042
      046509404X
    • Accession Number:
      2018960411
    • Accession Number:
      on1030761510
      1030761510
    • Accession Number:
      fay.644109
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    • ABNT:
      MORTON-JACK, G. Army of empire : the untold story of the Indian Army in World War I. [s.l.] : Basic Books, 2018. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 14 out. 2019.
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      Morton-Jack G. Army of Empire : The Untold Story of the Indian Army in World War I. Basic Books; 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.644109. Accessed October 14, 2019.
    • APA:
      Morton-Jack, G. (2018). Army of empire : the untold story of the Indian Army in World War I. Basic Books. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.644109
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      Morton-Jack, George. 2018. Army of Empire : The Untold Story of the Indian Army in World War I. Basic Books. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.644109.
    • Harvard:
      Morton-Jack, G. (2018) Army of empire : the untold story of the Indian Army in World War I. Basic Books. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.644109 (Accessed: 14 October 2019).
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      Morton-Jack, G 2018, Army of empire : the untold story of the Indian Army in World War I, Basic Books, viewed 14 October 2019, .
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      Morton-Jack, George. Army of Empire : The Untold Story of the Indian Army in World War I. Basic Books, 2018. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.644109.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Morton-Jack, George. Army of Empire : The Untold Story of the Indian Army in World War I. Basic Books, 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.644109.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Morton-Jack G. Army of empire : the untold story of the Indian Army in World War I [Internet]. Basic Books; 2018 [cited 2019 Oct 14]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.644109

Reviews

LJ Reviews 2018 December #1

Troops from British India, modern-day India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and the tribal areas, played a significant though often overlooked role in World War I on the Western Front, at Gallipoli and beyond. Little written correspondence remains of how the Indians viewed their experience, though Morton-Jack (The Indian Army on the Western Front) pieces together an exhaustive overview of their contributions, outlook, treatment, and motivations during the war. A chance for a financially better life was a strong motivator, and while accommodations were made by the British for caste and religious requirements, the Indians had to fight to receive full officer commissions, equal combat pay and housing, and recognitions of valor. Throughout the war, Indian soldiers and officers were made to feel subservient to whites and treated as racially and intellectually inferior. However, World War I could not have been won without the Indian Army, whose casualty rates were better than most countries owing to experience, training, and previous endured hardships. VERDICT This sweeping history of the Indian Army would be a welcome addition to any history collection and appreciated by readers of World War I, India, and the British Empire.—Zebulin Evelhoch, NC LIVE, Raleigh

Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2018 October #5

In this massive, masterful history, author and lawyer Morton-Jack (The Indian Army on the Western Front) illuminates the WWI contributions of the far-flung, multicultural Indian army. He tells "not only of the Indians' part in the Allied victory over the Central Powers, but also of soldiers' personal discoveries on their four-year odyssey." He mines previously unpublished letters and postwar interviews to reveal how Indian officers and enlisted men, as British colonial subjects and people of color, experienced military life. He writes with authority about the wrenching battles of Ypres, Gallipoli, Kut, the Somme, and East Africa, expertly weaving in how soldiers' political loyalty and Muslim soldiers' interest in jihad affected military campaigns. By war's end, the Indians' sense of unity with the British barely masked growing nationalist sentiment on the subcontinent. This book is essential for devotees of WWI military history and those fascinated by the complexities of empire. Illus. (Dec.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.