Culture and Combat in the Colonies: The Indian Army in the Second World War

  title={Culture and Combat in the Colonies: The Indian Army in the Second World War},
  author={Tarak Barkawi},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary History},
  pages={325 - 355}
  • Tarak Barkawi
  • Published 1 April 2006
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Contemporary History
This article critiques the Eurocentric character of debates over combat motivation and battlefield conduct. It compares two approaches to these topics, the societal and the organizational, with the experience of the Indian army and other British imperial forces in the second world war. Different ways of thinking about nationalism, culture and military service are assessed against the distinctive character of colonial forces. Rather than seeing culture as derived only from ethnic heritage, as in… 

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