Commemorating Race and Empire in the First World War Centenary
Edited by Ben Wellings and Shanti Sumartojo
First World War commemoration in Europe has been framed as a moment of national trial and as a collective European tragedy. But the ‘Great War for Civilisation’ was more than just a European conflict. It was in fact a global war, a clash of empires that began a process of nationalist agitation against imperial polities and the racisms that underpinned them in Asia, Africa and beyond. Despite the global context of Centenary commemorative activity these events remain framed by national and state imaginaries and ones in which the ideas about nation, race and imperialism that animated and dominated men and women during the Great War sit uncomfortably with modern sensibilities. By drawing on original archival research, translations from French and Mandarin into English and by employing multidisciplinary conceptual frames of analysis this exciting and innovative volume explores how race and empire, and racism and imperialism, were commemorated or forgotten during the First World War Centenary.
Ben Wellings is Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of English Nationalism and Euroscepticism: losing the peace (Bern: Peter Lang, 2012). Along with Shanti Sumartojo he is co-editor of Nation, Memory and Great War Commemoration: mobilizing the past in Europe, Australia and New Zealand (Bern: Peter Lang, 2014).
Shanti Sumartojo is a Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow in the Digital Ethnography Research Centre in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. She is author of Trafalgar Square and the Narration of Britishness, 1900-2012 (2013), and co-editor of Nation, Memory, and Great War Commemoration (2014) and Refiguring Techniques in Digital-Visual Research (2017).
Preface 1. ‘Commemorating Race and Empire during the First World War Centenary’, Ben Wellings, Matthew Graves and Shanti Sumartojo Part I – Rediscovering and Rehabilitating Empire, 2014-18 2. From ‘Coolie’ to Transnational Agent: the ‘Afterlives’ of World War One Chinese Workers, Paul Bailey 3. Marigolds and Poppies: commemorating ‘Indian’ War Dead, Peter Stanley 4. Situating the Belgian Congo in Belgian Great War Commemorations, Enika Ngongo and Laurence van Ypersele [translated by Ben Wellings] 5. Maori and Great War commemoration in New Zealand: Biculturalism and the Politics of Forging National Memory, Katherine Smits Part II – Representing Race and Empire, 1900-20 6. Resénégalisation and the Representation of Black African Troops during World War One, Elizabeth Rechniewski 7. ‘A new, strange race’: eugenics and the Australian soldier in the First World War, Deirdre Gilfedder 8. The First Circle of Memory: First World War Postcards of British Imperial Troops in Marseilles, Gilles Teulié 9. Aesthetic Form and Political Function: Artistic Representations of Algerian and British Indian Troops in First World War Recruitment Posters, Cherie Prosser Part III – Memorialising Race and Empire in Settler Societies, 1919-2018 10. A Tale of Two Monuments: The War Memorials of Oran and Algiers and Commemorative Culture in Colonial and Post-Colonial Algeria, Dónal Hassett 11. Anzac, Race and Empire: Memorialising Soldiers and Warriors in Australia, Shanti Sumartojo and Ben Wellings
Publication: September 27, 2018
Series: Provence University Press