Anzac Memories: Living with the Legend

Author(s): Alistair Thomson


Anzac Memories was first published to acclaim in 1994 (OUP), and has achieved international renown for its pioneering contribution to the study of war memory and mythology. In this new edition Alistair Thomson explores how the Anzac legend has transformed over the past quarter century, how a 'post-memory' of the Great War creates new challenges and opportunities for making sense of the national past, and how veterans' war memories can still challenge and complicate national mythologies. He returns to a family war history that he could not write about twenty years ago because of the stigma of war and mental illness, and he uses newly-released Repatriation files to question his own earlier account of veterans post-war lives and memories and to think afresh about war and memory.


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"...a masterly study of how Australians remember, forget, invent and imagine their experiences of war.' - Ken Inglis

Alistair Thomson is Professor of History at Monash University in Melbourne and was previously Professor of Oral History at the University of Sussex in England.  His books include: The Oral History Reader, Ten Pound Poms: Australia's Invisible Migrants, Moving Stories: An Intimate History of Four Women across Two Countries and Oral History and Photography.

General Fields

  • : 9781921867583
  • : Monash University Publishing
  • : Monash University Publishing
  • : June 2013
  • : 235 x 155 mm
  • : Australia
  • : August 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 406
  • : Black and white illustrations
  • : Alistair Thomson
  • : Paperback
  • : 2nd edition
  • : 940.30