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Memoirs of the Maelstrom A Senegalese Oral History of the First World War

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ISBN-10: 0325001383

ISBN-13: 9780325001388

Edition: 1999

Authors: Joe H. Lunn

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Between 1914 and 1918, the French army recruited over 140,000 West Africans who served as combatants on the Western Front. Wartime recruitment had profound implications for African as well as French society. Focusing on Senegal, Lunn provides a unique perspective for assessing the range of the war's impact on West Africans. Based on the testimony of 85 African witnesses or veterans of the First World War and extensive archival research, Lunn's book offers novel insights into the nature of the prewar colonial order, the conduct of colonial recruitment drives and their impact on Africans, the soldiers' service overseas, and how the experience altered many African soldiers' previous attitudes…    
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Book details

List price: $49.85
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 10/21/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.58" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

Joe Lunn is currently Assistant Professor of History at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. His publications include articles in Africa and the First World War and the Journal of Contemporary History. He is presently working on a second book entitled African Voices from the Great War: An Anthology of Senegalese Soldiers' Life Histories, which will further explore the First World War's impact on the lives of the Senegalese.

The Vision of the Vanquished: Memories of the Prewar Colonial Order
The Tax in Blood: Military Recruitment in Rural Senegal, 1914-1917
The War to Obtain Rights: Conscription in the Communes and the Diagne Mission of 1918
"The Long Journey": From Kayor to the Cote d'Azur
"To Meet Death Far Away": The Senegalese in the Trenches
"Bons Soldats" and "Sales Negres": Senegalese Contacts with the French
Beneath the Roots of the Baobab: The Repatriation of the Soldiers and the Postwar Colonial Order in Senegal
Conclusion: The Legacy of the First World War in Senegal
Postscript: Discordant Voices: The Veterans Speak