'Lest We Forget': Creating an Australian National Identity from Memories of War

Clemence Due

Abstract


Examines the way in which Australian national identity has formed, focusing on how commemorations of war and the Anzacs celebrate what it means to be Australian. Such constructions deny the experiences of indigenous Australians in their wars to defend their country from colonization. The ways in which wars have been commemorated present Australia as a Western country rather than acknowledge the prior ownership of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Keywords


AUSTRALIANS; NATIONALISM; ANZAC Day; ABORIGINAL Australians; WAR memorials -- Australia; WORLD War, 1914-1918; WAR; COLONIZATION; INDIGENOUS peoples; ANNIVERSARIES; EUROPEANS; NATIONAL characteristics

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