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Making sense of Australia's war memorials

By James Smith Page

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

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
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.qut.edu.au:32592

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