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"I feel I can no longer endure": Families and the limits of Commitment in Australia, 1914-1919

Ziino,B 2014, "I feel I can no longer endure": Families and the limits of Commitment in Australia, 1914-1919. In Monger,D, Murray,S and Pickles, K (ed), Endurance and the First World War: Experiences and Legacies in Australia and New Zealand, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle Upon Tyne, pp.103-117.

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Title "I feel I can no longer endure": Families and the limits of Commitment in Australia, 1914-1919
Author(s) Ziino,B
Title of book Endurance and the First World War: Experiences and Legacies in Australia and New Zealand
Editor(s) Monger,D
Murray,S
Pickles, K
Publication date 2014
Chapter number 7
Total chapters 15
Start page 103
End page 117
Total pages 15
Publisher Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Place of Publication Newcastle Upon Tyne
Keyword(s) First World War
World War I
Grief
Mourning
Emotional history
Civilians
Epistolary studies
Anxiety
Summary Civilian endurance has again become a significant issue in understanding the nature of the First World War, especially since so much emphasis has returned to questions of consent and commitment in making and sustaining the conflict. Fundamental to that enquiry is an acknowledgement of the reality and legitimacy of the sentiments that drove individuals and communities to support the war. By extension, this also implies a need to understand the limits of that commitment, and of the capacity to endure the strains of war. This chapter probes civilian endurance through an examination of Australian families’ experiences of war and separation. It argues that persistent anxiety over loved ones at the front consumed individuals’ emotional resources and, even among the most patriotic Australians, tested commitment to the war.
ISBN 144386028X
9781443860284
Language eng
Field of Research 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Socio Economic Objective 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
Grant ID ARC DP0880615
Copyright notice ©2014, Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30069419

Document type: Book Chapter
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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