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Red coat dreaming : how colonial Australia embraced the British Army /
Craig Wilcox.
Melbourne : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
xvii, 179 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
0521193605 (hbk.), 9780521193603 (hbk.) :
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Melbourne : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
0521193605 (hbk.)
9780521193603 (hbk.) :
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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'British Army is a fun, very short book, not so much intended to leave a mark on the research or analysis of Australia's military history, but to promote an idea, a particular vision of the legacy of British imperial history on Australia, and, perhaps, to give historians ideas for future research topics.' Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research
'This is an impressive book that reclaims the lost inner life of at least some colonial Australians.' History Today
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Red Coat Dreaming is a book about the place the British army once occupied in Australian hearts. For the first time it looks beyond frictions like the Eureka stockade to tell the full story of the affectionate relationship between colonial Australia and the British army.
Main Description
In Red Coat Dreaming art, artefacts and life stories combine to evoke a period when the British Army was also Australia's army. From the first British settlement to the First World War, some Australians were indifferent to and even disdainful of the military force that fomented the Rum Rebellion and shot down gold miners at Eureka. Yet many were proud of the British Army's achievements on battlefields far from Australia. Hundreds of Australians enlisted in the army or married its officers and rankers; thousands had served in it before settling in Australia, and hundreds of thousands barracked when the army went to war. Red Coat Dreaming challenges our understanding of Australia's military history and the primacy of the Anzac legend. It shows how few Australians were immune to the allure and historic associations of the red coat, the British Army's sartorial signature, and leaves readers thinking differently about Australia's identity and experience of war.
Table of Contents
List of platesp. ix
Debtsp. xi
Wakingp. 1
King Bungareep. 11
Hero of Waterloop. 23
Dear Spicerp. 37
Daughters of the regimentp. 49
Colonial Coriolanusp. 67
Scarlet feverp. 82
Canvas and cadmiump. 96
England's buglerp. 108
Dreamingp. 123
Key sourcesp. 139
Notesp. 143
Indexp. 167
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