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Making sense of Australia's war memorials

By James Smith Page


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

Topics: 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History), ANZAC, Anzacism, Ode of Remembrance, RSL, memorialization, guilt, nationalism
Publisher: Routledge/Taylor and Francis
Year: 2010
DOI identifier: 10.1080/10402659.2010.502067
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