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Enlistment and non-enlistment in wartime Australia : responses to the 1916 call to arms appeal

Ziino, Bart 2010, Enlistment and non-enlistment in wartime Australia : responses to the 1916 call to arms appeal, Australian historical studies, vol. 41, no. 2, pp. 217-232, doi: 10.1080/10314611003713603.

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Title Enlistment and non-enlistment in wartime Australia : responses to the 1916 call to arms appeal
Author(s) Ziino, Bart
Journal name Australian historical studies
Volume number 41
Issue number 2
Start page 217
End page 232
Total pages 16
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2010-06-23
ISSN 1031-461X
1940-5049
Summary This article examines men’s responses to the 1916 ‘Call to Arms’ appeal, in which Australia’s federal government questioned military-aged male citizens on their willingness to enlist voluntarily in the armed forces for service at the front. It argues that the appeal illuminated men’s difficult negotiation of choice, in which they weighed their personal sense of obligation to the state at war, to their families, and to themselves. It shows how men not only confronted their decision, but measured their responsibilities against others’, producing a subjective order of sacrifice that paralysed recruiting. In the absence of conscription, that private decision-making was critical to the nature of Australia’s commitment to the war, as men assessed and re-assessed the limits of obligation for themselves.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/10314611003713603
Field of Research 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Socio Economic Objective 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Routledge
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30030487

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