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

What's Wrong with Anzac?

The Militarisation of Australian History

By: Marilyn Lake, Henry Reynolds

eBook | 24 May 2012

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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 Australias leading historians dare to criticise Anzac. They show that the Anzac obsession distorts the rest of Australias history. They investigate official sponsorship of Anzac through commemoration and education and show that this has mobilised it as a conservative force, often for political ends. Finallyand perhaps most devastatinglythey ask whether the grief and loss associated with bloodshed on foreign shores was all worth it.

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