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Unnecessary wars / Henry Reynolds
Bib ID 7053314
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline [text, online resource]
Author
Reynolds, Henry, 1938- author
 
Online Access
Access Conditions National edeposit: Available onsite until 01 January 9999 at national, state and territory libraries. 
Description Sydney, NSW : NewSouth Publishing, 2016 
©2016 
1 online resource 
ISBN 9781742234809 (pdf)
Technical Details

text file : PDF : 3.57MB 

Summary

'Australian governments find it easy to go to war. Their leaders seem to be able to withdraw with a calm conscience, answerable neither to God nor humanity.' Australia lost 600 men in the Boer War, a three year conflict fought in the heart of Africa that had, ostensibly, nothing to do with Australia. Coinciding with Federation, the war kickstarted Australia's commitment to fighting in Britain's wars overseas, and forged a national identity around it. By 1902, when the Boer War ended, a mythology about our colonial soldiers had already been crafted, and a dangerous precedent established. This is Henry Reynolds at his searing best, as he shows how the Boer War left a dark and dangerous legacy, demonstrating how those beliefs have propelled us into too many unnecessary wars - without ever counting the cost.

Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects South African War, 1899-1902 -- Social aspects.  |  South African War, 1899-1902 -- Participation, Australian.  |  War and society -- Australia.  |  Militarization -- Australia.  |  Australian

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