This volume deals with the multiple impacts of the First World War on societies from South Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa, usually largely overlooked by the historiography on the conflict. Due to the lesser intensity of their military involvement in the war (neutrals or latecomers), these countries or regions were considered "peripheral" as a topic of research. However, in the last two decades, the advances of global history recovered their importance as active wartime actors and that of their experiences.

This book will reconstruct some experiences and representations of the war that these societies built during and after the conflict from the prism of mediators between the war fought in the battlefields and their homes, as well as the local appropriations and resignifications of their experiences and testimonies.

chapter |12 pages


The global First World War and its mediators
ByAna Paula Pires, María Inés Tato, Jan Schmidt

chapter 3|24 pages

Mediating enmity

The propaganda war in Latin America, 1914–1919
ByStefan Rinke

chapter 4|19 pages

Reporting the war in British Africa

ByAnne Samson

chapter 5|19 pages

Coverage of the First World War in regional Mexican press

An analysis of El Informador in Guadalajara 1
ByGuillemette Martin

chapter 6|24 pages

All about national survival

Chinese intellectuals’ understanding of war during the interwar period, 1914–1937 1
ByKwong Chi Man

chapter 7|29 pages

Not a secondary experience

The First World War in Japanese mass media, ministerial bureaucracy publications, elementary schools, and department stores
ByJan Schmidt

chapter 8|22 pages

An Argentine reporter in the European trenches

Lieut. Col. Emilio Kinkelin’s war chronicles
ByMaría Inés Tato, Luis Esteban Dalla Fontana

chapter 9|20 pages

Covert wars in Spain (1914–1918)

Belligerent agency and local impacts
ByCarolina García Sanz

chapter 10|22 pages

Portuguese humanitarian efforts during the First World War 1

ByAna Paula Pires, Rita Nunes