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What's Wrong with ANZAC?: The Militarisation of Australian History

Lake, Marilyn; Reynolds, Henry

Verlag: University of New South Wales Press, 2010
ISBN 10: 1742231519 / ISBN 13: 9781742231518
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Titel: What's Wrong with ANZAC?: The Militarisation...

Verlag: University of New South Wales Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 2010

Einband: Soft cover

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: In recent years Anzac an idea as much as an actual army corps has become the dominant force within Australian history, overshadowing everything else. The commemoration of Anzac Day is bigger than ever, while Remembrance Day, VE Day, VP Day and other military anniversaries grow in significance each year. Pilgrimages to Gallipoli, the Somme and Kokoda are commonplace and popular military history dominates the bestseller lists. Anzac has seemingly become asacred, untouchable element of the nation. In this brave and controversial book, some of Australias leading historians dare to criticise Anzac. They show that theAnzac obsession distorts the rest of Australias history. They investigate official sponsorship of Anzac through commemoration and education and show that this has mobilised it as a conservative force, often for political ends. Finallyand perhaps most devastatinglythey ask whether the grief and loss associated with bloodshed on foreign shores was all worth it. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_1742231519

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Brave and controversial, this account argues that Australians? collective obsession with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) has distorted their perception of national history. Delving into the history of ANZAC and the mythologies surrounding it, this detailed record explores topics such as the formation of Australia?s national holiday—ANZAC Day—and the way in which the spirit of ANZAC is taught in the nation's classrooms. Ultimately, this informative narrative claims that ANZAC has become a conservative political force in Australia and questions whether ANZAC?S renowned foreign battles were worth all of the bloodshed. Daring, intelligent, and thought-provoking, this is a must-read for those interested in Australian or military history.

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Marilyn Lake is a professor of history at La Trobe University. She is the author of The Limits of Hope: Soldier Settlement in Victoria 1915?38, FAITH: Faith Bandler, Gentle Activist, and Getting Equal: The History of Feminism in Australia. She is the coauthor of Creating a Nation. Henry Reynolds is a professor of history at the University of Tasmania and the author of a number of books, including The Other Side of the Frontier: Aboriginal Resistance to the European Invasion of Australia, Frontier: Aborigines, Settlers and Land, and Why Weren?t We Told?: A Personal Search for the Truth About Our History.

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