Len's Summary: Paperback version of an excellent social-military-political history first published by Johns Hopkins in 2008. How French egalitarianism was challenged by the conscription of more than half a million colonial troops during WWI, a “blood tax” levied on her African and Asian subjects. // An excellent scholarly analysis of colonial troops at war; a study of contradictory and paradoxical French policies on race, culture and religion in wartime drawing on individual experiences among the half million African, Arab and Asian soldiers who served France in WWI. Winner of the Phi Alpha Theta First Book Prize. The author teaches at SUNY Albany.
We invite you to participate in the WW1HA’s first Fireside Chat (via Zoom) at 8:00pm EST / 5:00pm PST on Saturday 11 March. The topic is “Rekindling the Spirit: What Excites YOU About WW1.” During 2023 we will be hosting quarterly chats with different themes as a way to increase our touch points with WW1HA members. To participate, send your email to President, Randy Gaulke.
As a result of the Covid-19 epidemic, the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter switched to online Zoom Seminars that are open to all. These take place at 1:30pm EST / 10:30am PST on the second Saturday of each month. The speaker for 11 March Seminar is James Gregory, talking about his book “Unraveling the Myth of Sgt. Alvin York: The Other Sixteen.” Join in!
The Spring 2023 issue of World War One Illustrated should be printed and in the mail in April.
As President, I’m looking for ways to breathe new life into this organization—especially as Covid-19 moves from a pandemic to an endemic. Do you have creative ideas? Comments and suggestions are always welcome.