Journals Higher Education



Published: 16 September 2004

192 Pages | 11 Illustrations, black & white

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719069857

Bookseller Code (06)


Jamaican volunteers in the First World War

Race, masculinity and the development of national consciousness

Richard Smith

Published by Manchester University Press

  • A groundbreaking study, providing a fresh insight into the First World War through a focus on the experiences of black Jamaican soldiers, serving in the British West Indies Regiment and other British regiments
  • Explores the impact of race on notions of masculinity, making a valuable contribution to debates on the 'crisis of masculinity' that historians have identified as characterising gender relations during the war
  • Examines how the presence of the black soldier allowed contemporary fears surrounding white racial degeneration to be played out and resolved on the battlefield
  • Demonstrates how the experience of war allowed soliders to appropriate codes of military heroism, sacrifice and citizenship in order to effectively fight nationalist battles on their return to the home front
  • A lively and accessible account that uncovers, for the first time, the Imperial dimensions of the First World War

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