Someone Else's War: Fighting for the British Empire in World War I

Someone Else's War: Fighting for the British Empire in World War I

by John Connor


View All Available Formats & Editions
Members save with free shipping everyday! 
See details


World War I was the first truly global conflict and its effects were felt across the British Empire. When war broke out in 1914, Great Britain had the largest empire, encompassing one quarter of the population of the world. Many colonial citizens were to be enlisted into the war effort and shipped from their homes in Africa, Asia and Australasia to fight on the battlefields of the Western Front. What was the experience of war like for citizens of empire, whether combatants or not? How did the empire affect countries administered by Great Britain but geographically located tens of thousands of miles from the conflict? In this book, John Connor tells the story of the people whose lives were profoundly affected by 'someone else's war' – dragged, against their will, into a geopolitical conflict vastly removed from their normal lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781784532703
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 01/17/2019
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 6.41(w) x 9.12(h) x 1.28(d)

About the Author

John Connor is Senior Lecturer and History Discipline Head at the University of New South Wales, Canberra. He is one of Australia's leading military historians and has published widely on World War I. His previous books include The Australian Frontier Wars.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

List of Tables xiii

Acknowledgements xv

Map xix

Introduction - The British Empire and World War I 1

1 1914: The Emden in the Indian Ocean 9

2 Shipping, Trade and Rationing 29

3 1915: The Three Battles of Aubers Ridge, France 53

4 Making Munitions 79

5 1916: The East African Campaign 113

6 Dissent 131

7 1917: The Battle of Messines 154

8 Volunteers and Conscripts 176

9 1918: The Battles of Amiens and Megiddo 201

10 Farmers and Agriculture 227

World War I Timeline 249

Notes 269

Select Bibliography 317

Index 331

Customer Reviews