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McMullin, Ross: Grand days of hope and glory

McMullin, Ross

Grand days of hope and glory‘, Sydney Morning Herald, 7 October 2013

The popular myth is that Australia came of age amid the carnage of World War I. But years before Gallipoli, this young nation was internationally admired for its progressive policies, sporting dash and bold optimism. (blurb)

Any nation-building aspects of World War I ‘are greatly outweighed by the profound damage that the war inflicted on Australia. Besides the immense casualties — together with the 60,000 deaths, AIF soldiers were wounded on more than 150,000 occasions — the consequences for Australia’s social cohesion were disastrous, and there was a crippling emotional and economic legacy.’