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When the War Began We Heard of Several Kings: South Asian Prisoners in World War I Germany Franziska Roy

When the War Began We Heard of Several Kings: South Asian Prisoners in World War I Germany

Franziska Roy

Published September 1st 2011
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Hardcover
273 pages
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The age of catastrophe devoured lives from many parts of the globe yet the great war also occasioned new encounters and experiences never before had ten thousands of non-elite south asians moved across europe about two thousand of them, mostlyMoreThe age of catastrophe devoured lives from many parts of the globe yet the great war also occasioned new encounters and experiences never before had ten thousands of non-elite south asians moved across europe about two thousand of them, mostly sailors and soldiers who hailed from villages in bengal, nepal, the northwest frontier and punjab, were held for years in german prison camps they attracted the close attention of army officers, diplomats and secret agents, of emigrant revolutionaries like har dayal and virendranath chattopadhyaya, of german artists, academics and industrialists the captives made sense of these unusual encounters in their own ways this volume approaches their difficult engagements from various angles it introduces and makes available rich german archives as yet unknown to the non-german speaking world the cd rom attached to this book goes beyond the written word it includes the hindi and urdu editions of the propagandistic camp journal hindostan, transcripts of sound recordings in which the sailors and soldiers speak in their native tongues about their experiences as they are taken from place to place, perhaps in the hope that these might reach their families there is nostalgia in their voices as they sing songs about their homes, while acutely critical comments on their lives in vilayat give the lie to the notion of the apolitical peasant-soldier the cd rom also includes pictorial documents of paintings by the soldiers and some powerful photographs of war camps in zossen and wünsdorf the cd rom also carries the bibliography which is a special feature of this book it is both extensive and rich, covering rare books which will be of enormous value to scholars and interested readers