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Anti-Anzac: The Authorised Biography

Australia is unique among all the nations that fought in the Great War because of the way in which the Anzac legend developed as a central part of its collective memory, national identity, and unifying historical narrative. It is also unique in the way in which its meaning and validity have been subject to continual attack, from the immediate postwar years when the newly-formed Communist Party of Australia tried to appropriate it for propaganda purposes and, having failed, turned violently against it; to the 1960s when the iconoclastic rage of the Vietnam War era was directed against it by the…

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