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New Research on the British Empire and the Second World War: Part I

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This joint article is the result of a one-day workshop on the British Empire and the Second World War held in Oxford in April 2009. It offers an insight into a distinct and growing field of historical research through the work of nine scholars. Individual sections examine the Caribbean contribution to the war; the history of Caribbean naval forces; the evolution of Anglo-American strategic relations; Anglo-Irish relations in the light of the Dominion's wartime neutrality; the course of the East Africa campaign; the African experience during the war from the perspective of "voices from below;" the war experience of the Indian home front; the training and doctrine of the wartime Indian Army; and the growth and employment of Allied forces in Iran. The history of the British Empire and the Second World War is a subject of increasing interest to scholars of America and the war because of America's rise to world power and its increasing wartime involvement in hitherto little-known parts of the world such as the Caribbean, Africa, and Iran. (Part II of this article will be published in Global War Studies, Volume 7, Number 2, 2010.)

Keywords: ANGLO-AMERICAN; ANGLO-SOVIET; BRITISH EMPIRE; CHURCHILL, WINSTON; CUNNINGHAM, LIEUTENANT GENERAL ALAN; DE VALERA, EAMON; EAST AFRICA CAMPAIGN; HOME FRONT; INDIA; INDIAN ARMY; IRAN; IRAQ; IRELAND; LOGISTICS; PLATT, LIEUTENANT GENERAL WILLIAM; RACE; RECRUITMENT; RUSSIA; SOUTH AFRICA; STRATEGY; TRINIDAD; TRINIDAD NAVAL VOLUNTEER RESERVE; TUKER, MAJOR GENERAL FRANCIS; U.S. ARMY; WAVELL, GENERAL SIR ARCHIBALD; WEST INDIES; WILSON, GENERAL SIR HENRY MAITLAND

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2010

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  • Global War Studies (GWS) is the leading international peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the study of the Second World War, 1919-1945. Published three times annually, GWS features articles and book reviews that explore a broad range of topics, including military, air power, naval, intelligence, and diplomatic history. Additionally, the journal publishes original research on weapons technology, geopolitics, home front studies, the Holocaust, resistance movements, and peacekeeping operations.
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