Protest or propaganda? Psychology and Australian memory of the Great War

Holbrook, Carolyn 2015, Protest or propaganda? Psychology and Australian memory of the Great War. In Deery, P. and Kimber, J. (ed), Fighting against war: peace activism in the Twentieth Century, Leftbank Press, Melbourne, Vic., pp.291-312.

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Title Protest or propaganda? Psychology and Australian memory of the Great War
Author(s) Holbrook, CarolynORCID iD for Holbrook, Carolyn
Title of book Fighting against war: peace activism in the Twentieth Century
Editor(s) Deery, P.
Kimber, J.
Publication date 2015
Chapter number 15
Total chapters 16
Start page 291
End page 312
Total pages 21
Publisher Leftbank Press
Place of Publication Melbourne, Vic.
Summary The psychological turn in Great War remembrance over the past three decades has been noted both internationally and in Australia. However, there has been less recognition of psychological readings of the war dating from the 1930s in the Australian context. This chapter examines early psychological interpretations of the Great War and the meaning that was attributed to them. It shows how this meaning has been transformed over time, as a consequence of the rise of trauma culture. The chapter dis cusses the debate among historians about whether the tendency to conceptualise war in the language of trauma and suffering facilitates its sentimentalisation. It concludes that while the Anzac legend successfully absorbs the language of trauma in contemporary Australia, the meaning attributed to psychological readings of war is always subject to the geo-political context in which it is made.
ISBN 9780994238986
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 B1.1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
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