Monday, November 12, 2018

The Global Nature of WWI: Two Awesome Twitter Threads

The 100th anniversary of the end of World War I has spawned a number of new resources about the war.

Two of those resources remind us of the global nature of that war.  Both come from writers on twitter who tweeted the nature of the war in China and Africa

I snagged both twitter threads and used a service to embed them below. My thanks to Angela Lee for tweeting both.

The first comes from Eileen Cheng-yin Chow, Director of Shewo Institute of Chinese Journalism.

Chow notes that although China contributed much to the war effort, including an untold story over 140,000 Chinese laborers who fought on the European frontlines beside French, Russian and British troops,  she got few concessions at Versailles.

The thread includes some interesting links including a trailer for a new movie from Yellow Earth Productions called "Forgotten" that is about China during the war.

Another link takes you to a fascinating National Post Story about Chinese Labor Corps during the war.

The second twitter thread reviews the participation of African colonial troops in the war and comes from historian, Michelle Moyd, Associate Professor of History at Indiana University Bloomington, USA. She is also the author of Violent Intermediaries: African Soldiers, Conquest, and Everyday Colonialism in German East Africa.

Moyd writes about German East Africa and the "devastating" campaign of General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck.   She includes links to maps and two short essays on Lettow-Vorbeck and the African troops.

Both of these threads are excellent and some of the links should be useful in the classroom.


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