The First World War, the Universities and the Professions in Australia 1914-1939

Kate Darian-Smith, James Waghorne
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The First World War, the Universities and the Professions in Australia 1914-1939

Published

19 February 2019

ISBN

9780522872910

Weight

602g

Size

216mm x 142mm

Imprint

MUP Academic

The First World War, the Universities and the Professions in Australia 1914-1939

Kate Darian-Smith, James Waghorne
Australia's extraordinary contribution to World War I extended well beyond its military forces to the expertise of its universities and professional men and women. Scientists and engineers oversaw the manufacture of munitions and the development of chemical weapons. Doctors sustained soldiers in the trenches, and treated the physically and psychologically damaged. Public servants, lawyers and translators were employed in the war bureaucracy, while artists and writers found new modes to convey the trauma of war. The graduates and staff of Australia's six universities—Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Tasmania, Queensland and Western Australia and Queensland—were involved in this expansion of expertise.

But what did these men and women do after the guns were silenced? How were the professions and universities transformed by the immediate and longer-term impacts of the war?

The First World War, the Universities and the Professions examines how the technical and conceptual advances that occurred during World War I transformed…
Australia's extraordinary contribution to World War I extended well beyond its military forces to the expertise of its universities and professional men and women. Scientists and engineers oversaw the manufacture of munitions and the development of chemical weapons. Doctors sustained soldiers in the trenches, and treated the physically and psychologically damaged. Public servants, lawyers and translators were employed in the war bureaucracy, while artists and writers found new modes to convey the trauma of war. The graduates and staff of Australia's six universities—Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Tasmania, Queensland and Western Australia and Queensland—were involved in this expansion of expertise.

But what did these men and women do after the guns were silenced? How were the professions and universities transformed by the immediate and longer-term impacts of the war?

The First World War, the Universities and the Professions examines how the technical and conceptual advances that occurred during World War I transformed Australian society. It traces the evolving role of universities and their graduates in the 1920s and 1930s, the increasing government validation of research, the expansion of the public service, and the rise of modern professional associations and international networks. While the war contributed to greater specialisations in traditional professions such as teaching or medicine, it also stimulated new jobs and training—whether in economics, anthropology or graphic art.

This volume provides a new account of the interwar years that places knowledge and expertise at the heart of the Australian story. Its four sections—The Medical Sciences; Science and Technology; Humanities, Social Sciences and Teaching; and The Arts: Design, Music and Writing—highlight how World War I disrupted and shaped the careers of individuals as well as the development of Australian society and institutions.

Kate Darian-Smith

Kate Darian-Smith

Kate Darian-Smith is Executive Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Arts, Law and Education at the University of Tasmania. A historian, she has published widely on war, childhood, media, memory and heritage, including On the Home Front (MUP). Kate is an investigator on the Expert Nation research project on Australian universities and World War I, funded by the Australian Research Council.

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James Waghorne

James Waghorne

James Waghorne co-ordinates the History of Universities Program in the Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Melbourne. He has published histories of lobby groups, and professional and community organisations, and currently writing histories of the Student Union, University of Melbourne and (with Gwilym Croucher) the Australian Vice-Chancellors’ Committee. James is an investigator on the Expert Nation research project, funded by the Australian Research Council.

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