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Making sense of Australia's war memorials

Page, James Smith (2010) Making sense of Australia's war memorials. Peace Review : A Journal of Social Justice, 22(3), pp. 276-279.

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Abstract

War memorials are an important part of the Australian landscape and culture. This essay suggests five possible explanations for this:

a) imperial loyalty, at least initially; b) the warrior cult; c) guilt at the loss of so many young people in a seemingly senseless fashion; d) the demise of formal religion, and; e) the insecure nature of Australian nationalism.

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ID Code: 32592
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: ANZAC, Anzacism, Ode of Remembrance, RSL, memorialization, guilt, nationalism
DOI: 10.1080/10402659.2010.502067
ISSN: 1040-2659
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300) > Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) (210303)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Routledge/Taylor and Francis
Deposited On: 16 Jun 2010 08:17
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2013 16:11

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