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

Beaumont, Joan


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]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: Heroism and the Changing Character of War
DOI: 10.1057/9781137362537


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