In my dissertation, I examine the causes and implications of colonial native military recruitment. The dissertation explores under what conditions the colonial powers recruited native population in colonies, and how it consequently affected the politics of colonies and later, new states.
One of the projects examines the impact of the cross-colonial difference in native military recruitment in World War II. It argues that nationalist movements were more likely to emerge in places where the colonial authorities recruited the native population in World War II. The findings in this study help us better understand the rise of nationalist movements in the 20th century and the political effects of military service.