What's Wrong with ANZAC?: The Militarisation of Australian History

Brave and controversial, this account argues that Australians’ collective obsession with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) has distorted their perception of national history. Delving into the history of ANZAC and the mythologies surrounding it, this detailed record explores topics such as the formation of Australia’s national holiday—ANZAC Day—and the way in which the spirit of ANZAC is taught in the nation's classrooms. Ultimately, this informative narrative claims that ANZAC has become a conservative political force in Australia and questions whether ANZAC’S renowned foreign battles were worth all of the bloodshed. Daring, intelligent, and thought-provoking, this is a must-read for those interested in Australian or military history.

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By Benito (Sydney, NSW, Australia) · ★★★★☆ · February 13, 2013
At times some of the writers may be pulling at straws but overall it makes a good case that the deification of Anzacs in the last 25 years is a politically driven phenomena inspired by the search for a National Day in Australia that didn't have the negative connotations of January 26th. Even thou... ...more
By Louise (Canberra, 01, Australia) · ★★★★☆ · May 21, 2014
For those who look at Australia's increasing celebration of Anzac Day with a critical eye, this book is perfect. It raises issues such as the history of Anzac Day, its transformation into Australia's de facto 'national' day, and critiques common associations with Anzac, such as that it was our tr... ...more
By Bob (Melbourne, 03, Australia) · October 25, 2010
magnificent deconstruction of the origins of the anzac myth by examinin g the time in which they lived and social and political context (white australia policy, founding of the nation, our then self-selected place as a British Dominion) and how the anzac myth was pumped and pushed by politicians... ...more
By John (Avonsleigh, 07, Australia) · ★★★★★ · April 24, 2012
This should be required reading for all to bring back some balance into the whole nationalist militarisation of our history. Why do we think our nation came of age invading someone else's country, in war of not our own, commanded by incompetents. Surely a nation comes of age when it achieves such... ...more
By Sherri (Australia) · ★★★★★ · April 01, 2014
Prior to reading this book I had been one of those people who believed the mythology whole heartedly despite being well aware of all Australia's past struggles at home. I bought into the idea that the nation was born on the beaches of Gallipoli. I was a devotee of the religion of the Anzac.

After... ...more
By Lauren (Melbourne, 07, Australia) · ★★★★☆ · November 09, 2014
I picked up this book because my lecturer at university wrote one of the chapters, so I thought it would be an interesting read. I wasn't disappointed. The good thing about this book is that it makes you think about the emphasis placed on ANZAC Day in Australia. Yes, it's important to remember th... ...more
By Robert (Deans Marsh, 03, Australia) · ★★★★☆ · August 25, 2013
It was wonderful to find such a challenging book out there on the market.

Many people have felt uneasy about the growing national preoccupation with nation-building myths based on the losses we suffered in war, and many feel very wary of the quite distorted assertions that are made glibly and wit... ...more
By Sarah (Sydney, 02, Australia) · ★★★☆☆ · January 06, 2014
Not as readable as I thought it would be. Would like to see a solution and more exploration of how Australian history should be weighted. That would be a longer book obviously. ...more
By John (Australia) · ★★★★★ · January 13, 2013
A great book that gives an un-biased opinion of Australia' obsession with the military and its near deification of soldiers. ...more