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World War II Re-explored

Some New Millenium Studies in the History of the Global Conflict

Edited By Jarosław Suchoples, Stephanie James and Barbara Törnquist-Plewa

This volume is a collection of thirty papers written by authors from around the world. The writers focus on topics related to their own research interests. As a result, readers obtain a worldwide perspective on World War II from academics working on nearly every continent, proving that World War II was, probably, the first ever truly global experience for humanity. Present are many and different perspectives on the war. Eighty years after the end of World War II, these academics share their knowledge and reflections about a gruesome, but still not very remote time. In the new millennium, their studies should remind readers that the ‘end of history’ has been an impossible illusion and warn that peace and stability in international relations are not a given.

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The Second World War and Nepal

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A Discussion on the Involvement and Experiences

Abstract: This article reviews the Second World War from Nepal’s perspectives of involvement and experiences. It aims to discuss the war from the side of a small country, Nepal, which participated in the war to abide by the bilateral agreement signed with its neighbor, British India. The information discussed in this article is published secondary information accessed by the authors. It concludes that Nepal became involved in the Second World War indirectly through the strategies of the British military system. Nepal supported the British military force by sending young men from certain social groups, especially from the Hill regions; they fought in various parts of the world with overwhelming bravery and loyalty. In addition to the human resources of warriors, Nepal was also involved in the war through the financial and logistical support it provided the soldiers: for example food grains, biscuits, wood, and tealeaf. In return, it suffered the massive physical loss of its young men during the war. At home, the country negotiated the wave of modern liberal democratic values transported with the youth’s experience of the war.

Keywords: Second World War, Gurkha, Nepal, United Kingdom, war-supports, war-effects

Introduction

In its multiple dimensions, World War II was the most widespread conflict in human history. It entangled the forces of all the superpowers of the time, including Britain, Japan, Germany, USSR, USA, France, and China. One hundred million people of all colours,...

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