Colonial soldiers in Europe, 1914-1945 : "aliens in uniform" in wartime societies / edited by Eric Storm and Ali Al Tuma
- Routledge studies in modern history ; 18
Routledge studies in modern history ; 18.
- New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-266) and index
During the first half of the twentieth century, European countries witnessed the arrival of hundreds of thousands of colonial soldiers fighting in European territory (First and Second World War and Spanish Civil War) and coming into contact with European society and culture. For many Europeans, these were the first instances in which they met Asians or Africans, and the presence of Indian, Indo-Chinese, Moluccan, Senegalese, Moroccan or Algerian soldiers in Europe did not go unnoticed. This book explores this experience as it relates to the returning soldiers--who often had difficulties readappting to their subordinate status at home--and to European authorities who for the first time had to accommodate large numbers of foreigners in their own territories, which in some ways would help shape later immigration policies.
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