Magazine article on the Egyptian Labour Corps

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Magazine article combining a narrative of service for the British Empire with the First World War.


The Wide World Magazine was a popular weekly publication aimed at an adult audience. Heavily illustrated, it contained in the main adventure stories set in remote places alongside information on nature, animals, technical developments, or pseudo-anthropology. Its signature style became the fact that the stories were always written by first-hand reporters, such as missionaries, explorers, or soldiers. The focus of the magazine was not solely on the British Empire, but it nonetheless propagated the superiority of Western culture and a racial hierarchy with white men on top. From the outbreak of war, most stories made some reference to military aspects (as in this case the Egyptian Labour Corps) but, ultimately, they continued to present the colonial social and racial expectations of its readers.