Twomey, Christina: Trauma and Anzac reinvigoration

Christina Twomey writes in the December 2013 issue of History Australia arguing that changing ideas about trauma and victimhood, emerging from the 1980s, played an important and insufficiently recognised role in the reinvigoration of Anzac for contemporary times. The recasting of war as horror and trauma that became prominent internationally from the 1970s is shown to have generated new sympathy for war veterans. The article ‘Trauma and the reinvigoration of Anzac: An argument’  can be accessed freely for download from the History Australia website.

Twomey argues that women marching against rape in war helped pioneer the recognition of trauma. Anne Summers recalls the 1983 march in remembrance of women raped in war.

18 December 2013

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