Australian citizenship and the two World Wars

Beaumont, Joan 2007, Australian citizenship and the two World Wars, Australian journal of politics and history, vol. 53, no. 2, pp. 171-182.


Title Australian citizenship and the two World Wars
Author(s) Beaumont, Joan
Journal name Australian journal of politics and history
Volume number 53
Issue number 2
Start page 171
End page 182
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2007-06
ISSN 0004-9522
1467-8497
Summary This article surveys Australian citizenship: its distinctive characteristics in the first half of the twentieth century, and how these were changed by the experience of the two world wars. It argues that Australian citizenship, at the time of Federation, was racially exclusive, imperial, masculine and deeply anchored in the traditional view of the military obligation of the individual to the state. The world wars, especially the war of 1939-45, encouraged some adjustment to these ideas, particularly in terms of the imperial link, women's status and the social rights of Australians. However, these conflicts were fought within a context of imperial loyalty and the intensity of their demands reinforced military service in defence of the nation as the primary civic virtue. The centrality of Anzac to Australian nationalism also perpetuated a gendered dimension to Australian citizenship. The world wars therefore, for all their dramatic impact on the lives of Australian families and the national political culture, did not force a major reconceptualisation of Australian citizenship.
Language eng
Field of Research 210399 Historical Studies not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2007, The Author
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007034

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Collection: School of History, Heritage and Society
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