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Title:Beasts of Burden: British West African Carriers in the First World War
Authors:Killingray, DavidISNI
Matthews, James
Year:1979
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies
Volume:13
Issue:1-2
Pages:5-23
Language:English
Geographic terms:English-speaking Africa
West Africa
Subjects:porters
World War I
Military, Defense and Arms
History and Exploration
colonialism
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/484636
Abstract:The East African Military labour corps was the subject of a government report in 1919, but West African carriers received scant mention in this or other wartime and post-war official correspondence. While several studies have been made of East African carrier service during the First World War, relatively little has been written about the military role of West African porters during this period. The collective economic, social and political impact of carrier service was understandably greater in East Africa than in British West Africa since more East African served as carriers during the war effort. However, the recruitment of tens of thousands of British West African during World War I represented for West Africa a mobilization of its labor force on a scale unknown until that time. Notes, tab.
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