McKernan, Michael: Great War

McKernan, Michael

The Australian People and the Great War, Thomas Nelson, West Melbourne, Vic., 1980; later editions

Fascinating account of Australian society during WWI, with focus on churches, women, young people below conscription age and ethnic groups, such as German Australians, who were vilified as enemy aliens. He explores fracture lines in society such as differences between Catholic and Protestant, the hyper-patriotic and those with reservations about war, and the ways in which soldierly camaraderie carried through after the war to exclude women from roles other than submissive wife and mother. (reader review)

Later edition (2014) was called Australians at Home: World War I and it is reviewed here by Janine Rizzetti.

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