Anzacs, the media and the great war /
John F. Williams.
Sydney, Australia : UNSW Press, 1999.
x, 302 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
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Sydney, Australia : UNSW Press, 1999.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [288]-294) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2000-01-01:
During WW I every belligerent government organized a bureau of propaganda to influence public opinion in neutral and enemy countries and to uphold the fighting morale of its own people. Australian war correspondents were instrumental in elevating the Australia New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACS) to such legendary status that after the war the Australian nation was said to have been born through the sacrifices of the Gallipoli campaign. Williams's study demonstrates that vulgar appeals to sentiment and passion had little to do with reality. War writers--always aware of the fragility of professional tenure--chose words to strike necessary emotional chords and correct patriotic notes. Williams reminds readers that there is little need to inflate the ANZAC achievement. If they are to remember its true accomplishment, the myth and surreal quality that surrounded it from its inception must not be ignored. This exceptionally well written, well-documented study contains a wealth of information not only on Australian newsprint but on British, German, and Turkish war correspondence as well. Photographs; complete bibliography. Highly recommended for all levels. W. W. Reinhardt; Randolph-Macon College
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The Anzac Legend is examined here as a media-based phenomenon. Using newspaper reports of the Great War from Australian, British, French, and German sources, John Williams reveals how the media operated during that first experience of total war
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
Media, War and National Identityp. 12
Interregnump. 29
A Little Under Our Sharep. 47
An Imperishable Famep. 64
The British Race Has Found Its Soulp. 98
A Lively Skirmishp. 111
A Hard Nut to Crackp. 135
An Almost Unbelievable Featp. 159
This Rain of Flandersp. 181
For the Mastery of the Worldp. 207
A Fine Metallurgical Achievementp. 223
The 'Diggers' at Their Very Bestp. 232
Conclusionp. 254
Notesp. 268
Select Bibliographyp. 288
Indexp. 295
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