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Broken Nation : Australians in the Great War - Joan Beaumont

Broken Nation

Australians in the Great War


Published: 30th October 2013
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The Australian experience of war in all its complexity - from the homefront as well as the battlefront - as the men and women who experienced it chose to understand and remember it.

The Great War is, for many Australians, the event that defined our nation. The larrikin diggers, trench warfare, and the landing at Gallipoli have become the stuff of the Anzac 'legend'. But it was also a war fought by the families at home. Their resilience in the face of hardship, their stoic acceptance of enormous casualty lists and their belief that their cause was just, made the war effort possible.

Broken Nation is the first book to bring together all the dimensions of World War I. Combining deep scholarship with powerful storytelling, Joan Beaumont brings the war years to life: from the well-known battles at Gallipoli, Pozieres, Fromelles and Villers-Bretonneux, to the lesser known battles in Europe and the Middle East; from the ferocious debates over conscription to the disillusioning Paris peace conference and the devastating 'Spanish' flu the soldiers brought home. We witness the fear and courage of tens of thousands of soldiers, grapple with the strategic nightmares confronting the commanders, and come to understand the impact on Australians at home and at the front of death on an unprecedented scale.

A century after the Great War, Broken Nation brings lucid insight into the dramatic events, mass grief and political turmoil that makes the memory of this terrible war central to Australia's history.

About the Author

Joan Beaumont is an internationally recognised historian of Australia in the two world wars, the history of prisoners of war and the memory and heritage of war. She is Professor of History at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University, and has published several books about World Wars I and II.



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Brilliant Study of Australia in WW1


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    This is a great book. It is an informative, highly readable and very well researched study of Australia in the First World War, covering both the battles in Europe and events in Australia including the conscription debate and great strike. No other book covers both sides of the war so comprehensively. The book is very well researched but highly accessible to the non-academic reader (like me). Very highly recommended. Five stars!

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    Abbreviations and acronyms

    Prologue: Joe Russell's war

    1. 1914: Going to war

    2. 1915: Gallipoli and mobilisation at home

    3. 1916: War of a different kind

    4. 1917: The worst year

    5. 1918: Crisis and victory

    6. 1919: Peace and memory

    Appendix 1: Organisation of the 1st AIF, 1918

    Appendix 2: AIF enlistments by month, 1915-18




    ISBN: 9781741751383
    ISBN-10: 1741751381
    Audience: Tertiary; University or College
    Format: Hardcover
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 656
    Published: 30th October 2013
    Publisher: Allen & Unwin
    Country of Publication: AU
    Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 17.2  x 4.45
    Weight (kg): 1.36
    Edition Number: 1