Williams, John F: Anzacs, media, Great War

Williams, John F

Anzacs, the Media and the Great War, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, 1999

The author examines the Anzac legend as a media-based phenomenon by looking at how readers of Australian, British and French newspapers were informed of events during World War I. He shows the propagandist role played by newspaper correspondents. The media shaped the public response to the war and contributed to the development of a nationalistic aura around Anzac after the war. Some of the chapter headings give a flavour of the book: ‘An imperishable fame’; ‘The British race has found its soul’; ‘An almost unbelievable feat’; ‘The “Diggers” at their very best’. A review is here.

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