Anzac Legacies: Australians and the Aftermath of War edited by Martin Crotty and Marina Larsson

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September 2010, no. 324
Alistair Thomson reviews 'Anzac Legacies' edited by Martin Crotty and Marina Larsson

Anzac Legacies: Australians and the Aftermath of War

edited by Martin Crotty and Marina Larsson

Australian Scholarly Publishing, $44 pb, 271pp, 9781921509780

Anzac Legacies: Australians and the Aftermath of War edited by Martin Crotty and Marina Larsson

Reviewed by
September 2010, no. 324

In their recent polemic What’s Wrong With Anzac? (2010), Marilyn Lake and Henry Reynolds lament the militarisation of Australian history epitomised by the profusion of memoirs and military history in bookshops. The authors make a fair point that war history and commemoration has drowned out other notable achievements and failings in our country’s past. But their broad brush sweeps away an important Australian tradition of critical reflection about war and society. If historians ignored Australians at war – as most did until the 1970s – there would be much more wrong with Anzac. Anzac Legacies, edited by Martin Crotty and Marina Larsson, is a compelling and insightful collection of carefully researched essays about the impact of war upon Australians and Australian society. It is a timely reminder that historians need to stay in the Anzac game, and can take it in challenging directions.

Alistair Thomson reviews 'Anzac Legacies' edited by Martin Crotty and Marina Larsson

Anzac Legacies: Australians and the Aftermath of War

edited by Martin Crotty and Marina Larsson

Australian Scholarly Publishing, $44 pb, 271pp, 9781921509780

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