Coolies Great War: Indian Labour in a Global Conflict 1914-1921

Coolies Great War: Indian Labour in a Global Conflict 1914-1921

ISBN: 9781787382152

Author: Radhika Singha

Format: Hardback

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Though largely invisible in histories of the First World War over 550 000 men in the ranks of the Indian army were non-combatants. From the porters stevedores and construction workers in the Coolie Corps to those who maintained supply lines and removed the wounded from the battlefield Radhika Singha recovers the story of this unacknowledged service. The labour regimes built on the backs of these `coolies' sustained the military infrastructure of empire; their deployment in interregional arenas bent to the demands of global war. Viewed as racially subordinate and subject to 'non-martial' caste designations they fought back against their status using the warring powers' need for manpower as leverage to challenge traditional service hierarchies and wage differentials. 'The Coolie's Great War' views that global conflict through the lens of Indian labour constructing a distinct geography of the war--from tribal settlements and colonial jails beyond India's frontiers to the battlefronts of France and Mesopotamia.

Book Title: Coolies Great War: Indian Labour in a Global Conflict 1914-1921
Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Title Release: December 2019
ISBN: 9781787382152
Author: Radhika Singha
Format: Hardback
About the Author: Radhika Singha is Professor of Modern Indian History at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her research interests focus on the social history of crime and criminal law, identification practices, governmentality, borders and border-crossing.

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