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: 98,328

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Brave and controversial, this account argues that AustraliansAE 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 AustraliaAEs national holidayuANZAC Dayuand 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 ANZACAES 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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Henry Reynolds is one of Australia's best known and most widely read historians. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Tasmania. His sustained and meticulous research has played a major part in the political and legal milestones, the Mabo and Wik judgements. Professor Reynolds' books include With the White People (1990), Fate of a Free People (1995), This Whispering in Our Hearts (1998), Why Weren't We Told? (1999, 2000), Fate of a Free People and Nowhere People

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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