Contests on the River Kwai: how a wartime tragedy became a recreational, commercial and nationalistic plaything

@inproceedings{Braithwaite2010ContestsOT,
  title={Contests on the River Kwai: how a wartime tragedy became a recreational, commercial and nationalistic plaything},
  author={Richard William Braithwaite and Neil Leiper},
  year={2010}
}
In 1942–1945, the Imperial Japanese Army used prisoners of war and Asian labourers to construct and maintain a railway linking Thailand and Burma. Approximately 98,000 died, due in large part to harsh and often brutal treatment by the Japanese. Among the remnants of the railway is a ‘bridge on the River Kwai’, the best known of several sites along the railway route that tourists visit. Information regarding these sites' wartime history varies in quality and some items distort or hide the truth… CONTINUE READING