How Did Australians Come to Terms with the Great War? What Impact Did the War Have on Both Gender Identities and National Identity? Essay

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Journal Article Review How did Australians come to terms with the Great War? What impact did the war have on both gender identities and national identity? McKenna, Mark and Ward, Stuart. 'It was really moving, mate': the Gallipoli pilgrimage and sentimental nationalism in Australia. Australian Historical Studies, v.38, no.129, Apr 2007: 141-151 The article describes the ideas surrounding the Gallipoli ‘pilgrimage’ and how this relates to feelings of nationalism within those undertaking the pilgrimage. To highlight the apparent existence of what is described as sentimental nationalism within the Australians undertaking the tour of the Gallipoli peninsular the experience of the Australians is compared to that of a tour by a group of postgraduate Dutch Students. The question is raised by McKenna and Ward that perhaps in fact the meaning associated with the events of Gallipoli as well as the ANZACS were actually manufactured by political and commercial imperatives which were based on the ‘search for meaning’ which was apparent within the Australian public. This presents interesting information on exactly how Australians came to terms with The Great War and sheds light on how the war had a significant impact on national identity in particular. By looking at the impact of in this case Gallipoli and the ANZAC legend which was formed throughout The Great War it seems that meaning regarding the ANZAC past is indeed linked and can be traced to the ANZAC present, this again highlights the extreme influence that the Great war has had on Australian national identity. The article refers to the work of Bruce Scates in particular the research found in his book regarding recent Australian pilgrimages to Gallipoli and the Western Front. Furthermore, Scates work is thoroughly critiqued and through this critique more questions are raised surrounding the purpose and the creation of

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