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Botswana 1939-1945 : An African Country at War - Ashley Jackson

Botswana 1939-1945

An African Country at War

Hardcover Published: 1st February 1999
ISBN: 9780198207641
Number Of Pages: 296

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This is the first full study of an African country during World War II. Unusually, it provides both Africanist and imperialist perspectives. Using extensive archival and oral evidence, Jackson explores the social, economic, political, agricultural, and military histories of Botswana. He examines Botswana's military contribution to the war effort and the impact of the war on the African home front. The book focuses on events and personalities "on the ground" in Africa, and also considers Botswana's interaction with and impact upon events and personalities in distant imperial centers, such as Whitehall and the wartime British Army headquarters in the Middle East. The attitudes, aims, and actions of all levels of colonial society--British rulers, African chiefs, military officials, and ordinary African men and women--are likewise studied, thus producing a unique and "total" history of an African country at war.

Industry Reviews

`This oral evidence used so well here still remains a deep albeit ageing source for scholars that can be mined for this crucial watershed period of Africa's recent history' American Historical Review (2000) `The solidiers' accounts of their experience of war provide a rich patina of authenticity, adding colour, feel and smell to a story that would have been rather dull if based on official sources' American Historical Review (2000) `A most valuable part of the book is the voice of Africans, those often forgotten participants in the military and domestic business of war' American Historical Review (2000) `a well-written study solidly based on the extensive official and private papers' American Historical Review (2000) `Even those who will disagree with Dr. Jackson's analysis will be glad that he has set down what he has.' Bruce Bennett, HS-Africa `One welcome feature of this study is its engagement with the local historiography.' Bruce Bennett, HS-Africa `Jackson ... convincingly dismantles the myth of the war as a threat to white prestige.' Timothy H. Parsons, African History, Vol.41, 2000. `Jackson has made a provocative contribution to ongoing debates on the impact of the Second World War on Africa and the influence of African ex-servicement ... his call to re-examine the war's legacy from the perspective of individual Africans has a great deal of merit.' Timothy H. Parsons, African History, Vol.41, 2000. This fascinating study offers a 'total' history of wartime Bechuanaland.../ Larry Butler, TLS, 28/05/99.

Introductionp. 1
Recruitment, War Service, and Communicationsp. 29
Motivation and Mobilization for War: Recruitment for the British Armyp. 31
At War: Basic Training, War Duties, and Deploymentp. 57
At War: Welfare, Discipline, Race Relations, and Recreationp. 79
Bridging the Gaps: Communications and Controlp. 98
The Home Frontp. 121
The Home Front: The Economics of Warp. 123
The Home Front: Women Soldiering Onp. 147
Wartime Food Production: Grain Storage, the Warlands, and the Persistence of Agricultural Individualismp. 159
The Home Front: Political Developments and the Vision of the Post-war Futurep. 189
Demobilization and Repatriationp. 215
'Our Hearts are Sad': Education, Demobilization, and the Post-War World: The View from the Middle Eastp. 217
Conclusion: The Impact of Returning Servicemenp. 237
Epilogue: The Perspective of Half a Centuryp. 256
Glossaryp. 259
Bibliographyp. 260
Indexp. 277
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ISBN: 9780198207641
ISBN-10: 0198207646
Series: Oxford Historical Monographs
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 1st February 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48