Bongiorno, Frank & Grant Mansfield: Whose war was it anyway?

Frank Bongiorno & Grant Mansfield

Whose war was it anyway? Some Australian historians and the Great War’, History Compass, 6, 1, January 2008, pp. 62-90

Examining the debate over the Australian response to the outbreak of war in Europe in 1914, the authors note recent work suggesting that the war was Australia’s as much as Britain’s and that Australia was not a victim of the British Empire. The authors recognise the value of much of this new work but also ‘suggest that its terms are closely connected with efforts by the political right to defend the legitimacy of the British colonisation of Australia’. (abstract)

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