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Deryck Schreuder and Stuart Ward

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199563739

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563739.001.0001

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War and Commemoration: ‘The Responsibility of Empire’

War and Commemoration: ‘The Responsibility of Empire’

(p.288) 12 War and Commemoration: ‘The Responsibility of Empire’
Australia’s Empire

Joy Damousi

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines Australians participating in British imperial wars and commemorations. It evaluates Australia’s role in different events from the Sudan expedition in the 1880s to the recent revival of interest in Anzac Day. It suggests that the memory and meaning of warfare in Australia is determined by local insistence on the reciprocal nature of Australia’s obligation to defend the Empire. This chapter also discusses the contribution of the Australian Imperial Force in World War I and the amalgamation of imperial loyalty and Australian achievement in World War II.

Keywords:   imperial war, war commemoration, Australia, British Empire, Sudan expedition, Anzac Day, imperial loyalty, World War I, World War II

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