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Strangers on the Western Front : Chinese workers in the Great War

Author: Guoqi Xu
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2011.
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"During World War I, Britain and France imported workers from their colonies to labor behind the front lines. The single largest group of support labor came not from imperial colonies, however, but from China. Xu Guoqi tells the remarkable story of the 140,000 Chinese men recruited for the Allied war effort. These laborers, mostly illiterate peasants from north China, came voluntarily and worked in Europe longer  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Guoqi Xu
ISBN: 9780674049994 0674049993
OCLC Number: 555658505
Description: viii, 336 pages, 18 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Great War and great crisis : China, Britain, France, and the "laborers as soldiers" strategy --
The recruitment and European odyssey of the men for Britain and France --
The hidden history of the secret Canadian pathway --
Work --
Treatment and perceptions --
Strangers in a strange world : Chinese lives in Europe --
American soldiers and Chinese laborers --
The association men and Chinese laborers --
The fusion of teaching and learning : students as teachers and vice versa --
A fusion of civilizations --
Appendix 1: Huimin contract with the French government --
Appendix 2: British contract --
Selected glossary.
Responsibility: Xu Guoqi.
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This is the first comprehensive study of the roughly 140,000 Chinese laborers who worked in France during the Great War. Filled with rich details and based on extensive archival research, the book Read more...

 
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