The Great Anzac Cooption: Myth, History and National Identity
with Romain Fathi and Wayne Macauley
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Despite European nations suffering significantly greater casualties in relative and real terms, Australia spent more money on the commemorations of the century since WW1 than any other country. What is behind the enthusiastic promotion of the Anzac myth as central to our national identity? With lacerating humour, Wayne Macauley examines the gap between history and mythology in his contemporary reimagining of the story of Simpson and his donkey, Simpson Returns. In Our Corner of the Somme, Romain Fathi details the pragmatic underpinnings of the selection of Villers-Bretonneux as a site of Australian commemoration.
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Romain Fathi, Ph.D., is Senior Lecturer in History at Flinders University and a Chercheur associé at the Centre d'Histoire de Sciences Po, Paris. He has taught and researched at several universities, including Sciences Po in France, Yale in the United States, and the University of Queensland in Australia. His primary research interests focus on the First World War, war commemorations and Australian identity. Our Corner of the Somme: Australia At Villers Bretonneux is his first book.
Wayne Macauley is a highly acclaimed novelist whose works include Some Tests, Demons, The Cook, Caravan Story and Blueprints for a Barbed-Wire Canoe. His most recent book, Simpson Returns, was shortlisted for a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. He lives in Brunswick, Melbourne.
Paul Daley is a Sydney-based author, journalist and essayist. His books have been shortlisted for major Australian literary awards and his journalism has won numerous prizes including two Walkley Awards and two Kennedy Awards.