International contributors from the fields of political science, cultural studies, history, and literature grapple with both the local and global impact of World War I on marginal communities in China, Syria, Europe, Russia, and the Caribbean. Readers can uncover the neglected stories of this World War I as contributors draw particular attention to features of the war that are underrepresented such as Chinese contingent labor, East Prussian deportees, remittances from Syrian immigrants in the New World to struggling relatives in the Ottoman Empire, the war effort from Serbia to Martinique, and other war experiences. By redirecting focus away from the traditional areas of historical examination, such as battles on the Western Front and military strategy, this collection of chapters, international and interdisciplinary in nature, illustrates the war’s omnipresence throughout the world, in particular its effect on less studied peoples and regions. The primary objective of this volume is to examine World War I through the lens of its forgotten participants, neglected stories, and underrepresented peoples.
Table of Contents
Jennifer D. Keene
Robert B. McCormick, Araceli Hernández-Laroche and Catherine G. Canino
1. Forgotten Prisoners of the Tsar: East Prussian Deportees in Russia during World War I
2. The Forgotten Front? Serbia, Memory and World War I
3. From George Tom in Cleveland, Ohio, to His Father Tannous Gergis, Mt. Lebanon, Syria: Remittances as Transnational Relief During World War One
Christine B. Lindner
4. The Treaty of Versailles and the Rise of Chinese Feminism
5. Distanced, Disembodied, and Detached: Women’s Poetry of the First World War
6. The Martinican War Experience through the Lenses of Raphaël Confiant, Jacques Dumont, and Stéphane Dufoix Jeremy Patterson
7. Between Scylla and Charybdis: Chinese Laborers Under the French-American Supervision in France During World War One
Olga V. Alexeeva
Robert B. McCormick is Professor of History at the University of South Carolina Upstate.
Araceli Hernández-Laroche is Associate Professor of Modern Languages and the Assistant Chair of Languages, Literature, and Composition at the University of South Carolina Upstate.
Catherine G. Canino is Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies at the University of South Carolina Upstate.