Australia and the Great War
Michael JK Walsh, Andrekos Varnava
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Identity, Memory and Mythology
The events of the Great War intensified the relationship between the British Empire and Australia—the legacy can still be felt today.
Australia and the Great War explores both the immediate and longterm consequences of the war on this complex relationship, looking in particular at identity, history, gender, propaganda, economics and nationalism.
This multidisciplinary collection of essays unveils the creation and subsequent [mis]use of histories and mythologies while considering the necessity and nature of both remembering, and forgetting, war.
About the authors
Michael J.K. Walsh is Associate Professor of Art History and Associate Chair (Research) in the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. His research interests focus on the relationship between Modernism and the Great War, and this has resulted in several books, including This Cult of Violence and London, Modernism and 1914. Michael's research continues to explore the relationship between culture and conflict, with a particular focus on music and musicians. He is currently completing a monograph on the war songs of Eric Bogle.
Andrekos Varnava is a Senior Lecturer in Imperial and Military History at Flinders University. He is the author of British Imperialism in Cyprus, 1878-1915: The Inconsequential Possession and the editor/co-editor of various volumes, including, most recently, Imperial Expectations and Realities: El Dorados, Utopias and Dystopias. His next book is Serving the Empire in the Great War: The Cypriot Mule Corps, Imperial Loyalty and Silenced Memory, forthcoming in 2016.
Together, Michael J.K. Walsh and Andrekos Varnava have edited The Great War and the British Empire: Conflict and Culture, also forthcoming in 2016.