Defending Whose Country?: Indigenous Soldiers in the Pacific War by Noah RisemanDefending Whose Country?: Indigenous Soldiers in the Pacific War by Noah Riseman

Defending Whose Country?: Indigenous Soldiers in the Pacific War

byNoah Riseman

Hardcover | December 1, 2012

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In the campaign against Japan in the Pacific during the Second World War, the armed forces of the United States, Australia, and the Australian colonies of Papua and New Guinea made use of indigenous peoples in new capacities. The United States had long used American Indians as soldiers and scouts in frontier conflicts and in wars with other nations. With the advent of the Navajo Code Talkers in the Pacific theater, Native servicemen were now being employed for contributions that were unique to their Native cultures. In contrast, Australia, Papua, and New Guinea had long attempted to keep indigenous peoples out of the armed forces altogether. With the threat of Japanese invasion, however, they began to bring indigenous peoples into the military as guerilla patrollers, coastwatchers, and regular soldiers.

Defending Whose Country? is a comparative study of the military participation of Papua New Guineans, Yolngu, and Navajos in the Pacific theater. In examining the decisions of state and military leaders to bring indigenous peoples into military service, as well as the decisions of indigenous individuals to serve in the armed forces, Noah Riseman reconsiders the impact of the largely forgotten contributions of indigenous soldiers in the Second World War.

Noah Riseman is a senior lecturer in history at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. This book is based on his dissertation, which won the 2009 C. E. W. Bean Prize for Military History.
Title:Defending Whose Country?: Indigenous Soldiers in the Pacific WarFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.29 × 6.39 × 1.12 inPublished:December 1, 2012Publisher:UNP - NebraskaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0803237936

ISBN - 13:9780803237933

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Reading Colonialism and Indigenous Involvement in the Second World War
1. An Exception in the Equation? Donald Thomson and the NTSRU
2. Allies at War: De Facto Yolngu Soldiers
3. Black Skins, Black Work: Papuan and New Guinean Labor
4. Guerillas for the White Men: Formal Papuan and New Guinean Fighters
5. The Navajo Code Talkers: Warriors for the Settler Nation
6. When the War Was Over: Forgetting and (Re)membering the Code Talkers
Conclusion: The Soldier-Warrior in Modern War
Source Acknowledgments

Editorial Reviews

"A fascinating study."-Jatinder Mann, Journal of New Zealand and Pacific Studies
- Jatinder Mann - Journal of New Zealand and Pacific Studies