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Remembering the Heroes of Australia's Wars: From Heroic to Post-Heroic Memory

Beaumont, Joan

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The memory of the 102,000 Australians who died in wars over the past century plays a central role in Australia�s national political culture.1 This is something of a paradox. Throughout the twentieth century Australians rejected military conscription as a mandated obligation of citizenship except for limited purposes of home defence. Australia has had no tradition of maintaining a large army in peacetime, creating its first recognizably professional army only in 1947. Since then the permanent...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorBeaumont, Joan
dc.contributor.editorSibylle Scheipers
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-08T22:38:37Z
dc.identifier.isbn9781137362520
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/35882
dc.description.abstractThe memory of the 102,000 Australians who died in wars over the past century plays a central role in Australia�s national political culture.1 This is something of a paradox. Throughout the twentieth century Australians rejected military conscription as a mandated obligation of citizenship except for limited purposes of home defence. Australia has had no tradition of maintaining a large army in peacetime, creating its first recognizably professional army only in 1947. Since then the permanent army has always been small, never exceeding 33,000 troops, while in 2010 the permanent personnel of the combined Australian army, navy and air force totalled only 57,600.2 Despite this, a mythologized narrative about Australian soldiers and the distinctive characteristics they supposedly display in battle has progressively assumed a central place in the construction of national identity. It continues to inform national political discourse to this day.
dc.publisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd
dc.relation.ispartofHeroism and the Changing Character of War
dc.relation.isversionof1 Edition
dc.titleRemembering the Heroes of Australia's Wars: From Heroic to Post-Heroic Memory
dc.typeBook chapter
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
dc.date.issued2014
local.identifier.absfor210303 - Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
local.identifier.ariespublicationu5530201xPUB129
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationBeaumont, Joan, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage334
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage348
local.identifier.doi10.1057/9781137362537
dc.date.updated2020-12-13T07:30:28Z
local.bibliographicCitation.placeofpublicationBasingstoke, UK and New York, USA
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85016041096
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