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

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Oct 19, 2010 - Australia - 252 pages
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

What have you done for your country?
1
heeded?
26
Why do we get so emotional about Anzac?
84
How do schoolchildren learn about the spirit of Anzac? 161
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Moving
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Marilyn Lake is the Australian Studies chair at Harvard University. She is the author of Getting Equal, Double Time, Australians at Work, Divided Society, and Limits of Hope and the coauthor of Creating a Nation.

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