The hidden story of Australia in World War One.
Though the war they fought is distant, fighting ANZACS have been transformed from flesh and blood into mythic icons and the resistance to the war within Australia has been forgotten. In the Shadow of Gallipoli corrects this historical amnesia by looking at what was happening on the Australian home front during the First World War. It shows that the war was a disaster, and many Australians knew it. Discontent and dissent grew into major revolt. Robert Bollard considers the wartime strike wave, including the Great Strike of 1917, alongside the impact of international political events including the Easter Rising in Ireland and the Russian Revolution. The first year of peace was tumultuous as strikes and riots involving returned ANZACS shook Australia throughout 1919. This book uncovers the history that has been obscured by the shadow of ANZAC.
Soft cover, 224 pages.