Australians and the First World War: Local-Global Connections and Contexts

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Kate Ariotti, James E. Bennett
Springer, Aug 11, 2017 - History - 254 pages
This book contributes to the global turn in First World War studies by exploring Australians’ engagements with the conflict across varied boundaries and by situating Australian voices and perspectives within broader, more complex contexts. This diverse and multifaceted collection includes chapters on the composition and contribution of the Australian Imperial Force, the experiences of prisoners of war, nurses and Red Cross workers, the resonances of overseas events for Australians at home, and the cultural legacies of the war through remembrance and representation. The local-global framework provides a fresh lens through which to view Australian connections with the Great War, demonstrating that there is still much to be said about this cataclysmic event in modern history.

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Kate Ariotti is Lecturer in History at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Her PhD thesis on Australians and the impact of captivity in the Ottoman Empire during the First World War was recently awarded the C.E.W. Bean Prize for Military History from the Australian Army History Unit. She has published several book chapters and journal articles about the experiences of the POWs and the legacy of their captivity.
James E. Bennett is an historian at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He has published widely on aspects of Australian and New Zealand history including war and society, history on film, transnational labour history as well as medicine and sexuality. He is the author of ‘Rats and Revolutionaries’: The Labour Movement in Australia and New Zealand 1890–1940 (2004) and co-editor of Making Film and Television Histories: Australia and New Zealand ( 2011) and Radical Newcastle (2015).

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