This survey topic explores how war has affected and continues to affect Australia and Australians. The topic covers pre-colonial Indigenous societies at war, the Frontier Wars, the World Wars and other conflicts in which Australians have been involved, including Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. The topic will ask if war has been a defining factor in the shaping of Australia and its national identity, exploring both the fronts and homefronts on which Australians mobilised for war. Conflicts will be placed in their broader international contexts, and an assessment will be made as to their outcomes for Australia and Australians. Why have Australians engaged in warfare? How did they do so and how has this united and divided them? Is Australia a pacifist nation? Why has ‘Anzac’ been central to the current national narrative? What about questions of gender and war? What roles have women played and how has that changed over time, and what have been the impacts of war on gender relations in Australia? These questions will be considered through the use of a wide array of textual, visual and material evidence.
This topic aims to:
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