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The Global First World War
African, East Asian, Latin American and Iberian Mediators

ISBN 9780367751784
Published January 9, 2023 by Routledge
248 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume deals with the multiple impacts of the First World War on societies from South Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa, usually largely overlooked by the historiography on the conflict. Due to the lesser intensity of their military involvement in the war (neutrals or latecomers), these countries or regions were considered "peripheral" as a topic of research. However, in the last two decades, the advances of global history recovered their importance as active wartime actors and that of their experiences.

This book will reconstruct some experiences and representations of the war that these societies built during and after the conflict from the prism of mediators between the war fought in the battlefields and their homes, as well as the local appropriations and resignifications of their experiences and testimonies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The global First World War and its mediators

Ana Paula Pires, Maria Inés Tato and Jan Schmidt

1. Chinese workers on the Western Front and their extraordinary artistic and personal journey

Xu Guoqi

2. The impact of the First World War on Japan’s foreign book market

Maj Hartmann

3. Mediating enmity: The propaganda war in Latin America, 1914–1919

Stefan Rinke

4. Reporting the war in British Africa

Anne Samson

5. Coverage of the First World War in regional Mexican press: An analysis of El Informador in Guadalajara

Guillemette Martin

6. All about national survival: Chinese intellectuals’ understanding of war during the interwar period, 1914–1937

Kwong Chi Man

7. Not a secondary experience: The First World War in Japanese mass media, ministerial bureaucracy publications, elementary schools, and department stores

Jan Schmidt

8. An Argentine reporter in the European trenches: Lieut. Col. Emilio Kinkelin’s war chronicles

María Inés Tato, Luis Esteban Dalla Fontana

9. Covert wars in Spain (1914–1918): Belligerent agency and local impacts

Carolina García Sanz

10. Portuguese humanitarian efforts during the First World War 1

Ana Paula Pires, Rita Nunes


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Ana Paula Pires is at NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Jan Schmidt is Associate Professor for Modern Japanese History in the Faculty of Arts of the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.

María Inés Tato works as Independent Researcher of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council, Argentina (CONICET).