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

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

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By (author) Marilyn Lake, By (author) Henry Reynolds, By (author) Joy Damousi, By (author) Mark McKenna

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  • Publisher: NewSouth Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 230mm x 18mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Sydney, NSW
  • ISBN 10: 1742231519
  • ISBN 13: 9781742231518
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 109,101

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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 a sacred, untouchable element of the nation. In this brave and controversial book, some of Australia's leading historians dare to criticise Anzac. They show that the Anzac obsession distorts the rest of Australia's history.

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Marilyn Lakeis 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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By Natalie Muller 23 Aug 2013 4

An excellent and insightful book into one of Australia's most perplexing national myths. This should be required reading for any thinking person. I could have read a book twice as long. I am glad somebody has finally broken the silence around Australia's increasingly jingoistic celebration of Anzac.

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"Here a group of distinguished Australian historians, for the first time, mount a brisk critique of an idea--'Anzac'--that has for too long been unchallenged." --Dr. Peter Stanley, director, Center for Historial Research at the National Museum of Australia