What's Wrong With Anzac?: The Militarisation of Australian History

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UNSW Press, Aug 1, 2010 - History - 183 pages
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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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Contents

INTRODUCTION What have you done for your country?
1
Are nations really made in war?
24
Why werent the warnings heeded?
45
Whatever happened to the antiwar movement?
71
Why do we get so emotional about Anzac?
94
How did it become Australias national day?
110
How do school children learn about the spirit of Anzac?
135
EPILOGUE Moving on?
157
Notes
168
Index
177
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Henry Reynolds is the author of Forgotten War which made the Tasmanian Premier¿s Literary Prizes 2015 shortlists in the Tasmanian content in any genre category.

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