Honest History: Freedom’s call resonates still

Honest History

‘Freedom’s call resonates still’, Honest History e-Newsletter No. 3, August 2013

One phenomenon Honest History hopes to explore is how geopolitical (or just political) reasons for going to war are transformed, apotheosised into more abstract, sublime justifications, especially after the event and for the comfort of the participants and their often bereaved families. ‘Freedom’ features frequently in these exercises, even though pragmatically it is difficult to argue that Australia invading, say, the Ottoman Empire in 1915 or Iraq in 2003 had much to do with our freedom.

The illustrations below suggest, however, that freedom’s call still resonates. Read more…

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