The minefield of Australian military history

Crotty, Martin and Stockings, Craig (2014) The minefield of Australian military history. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 60 4: 580-591. doi:10.1111/ajph.12077

Author Crotty, Martin
Stockings, Craig
Title The minefield of Australian military history
Journal name Australian Journal of Politics and History   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1467-8497
Publication date 2014-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/ajph.12077
Open Access Status
Volume 60
Issue 4
Start page 580
End page 591
Total pages 12
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract Between 2014 and 2018 Australia, like many other nations, is commemorating the centenary of the First World War. This article explores the difficulties that many academics have in traversing the divide between academic and popular history, and suggests why the public reaction to academic military history is often so hostile. It points to the role of national ideals that are underpinned by the Anzac mythology surrounding egalitarianism, mateship and martial courage, and to the role performed by conservative commentators. However, the article also argues that the popularity of military history in Australia, and growing signs of openness to challenging interpretations from some organisations, present opportunities for academic and professional historians, who in turn must rise to the challenge as part of their responsibilities as public intellectuals.
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Institutional Status UQ
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