Glenford D. Howe

University of West Indies

Dr. Glenford D. Howe studied at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus (1987-1990) and the University of London (1991-1993). He obtained a BA in History and Political Science at the UWI. His thesis “Race War Nationalism: A Social History of West Indians in the First World War” was turned into a TV documentary by Channel 4 TV and published as a book, made into a radio documentary by the BBC in 2016.

Dr. Howe has published on a wide variety of subjects including history, politics, education, health, child protection, and wrote for and advised the UNESCO International Bureau of Education in Geneva, the UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean in Venezuela, UNICEF, the United Nations Development Programme, BBC, … His multidisciplinary scholarship is being used in a number of leading universities globally. Along with Prof. Alan Cobley he produced the first book on HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean.

Dr. Howe works for the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus.

World War 1 and Nation Building in the West Indies

It is usually the case that in times of crisis people construct and display collective identities and group solidarity on the basis of, among other things, class, race, gender, sexual orientation and nationalism. This paper illustrates the relevance and accuracy of this assertion by exploring the ways in which the First World War stimulated the development or construction of intersecting national, regional and racial identities among the approximately 15,204 West Indians who served in the war as labourers and soldiers in the British West Indies Regiment (BWIR), as well as among the civilian populations impacted by the war. It shows that the events of the war helped to lay the foundation for more clearly conceptualised and articulated national, regional and racial identities among West Indians at home and in the diaspora. This dynamic would become an important factor in catalysing the movement for self-governance and economic empowerment in the West Indian colonies.
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