This subject examines the impact of war on European Australian society to 1918 with an emphasis on the Home Front and the place of war as a catalyst for social change.
Major themes examined include the nature of war, the geopolitical context of empire, enlistment and conscription, women and families in wartime Australia, disloyalists and 'enemies within', war and moral persuasion, the soldiers' war, grief and commemoration, and digger and Anzac as nation building myths.
Selected campaigns in which Australians played a significant part will be acknowledged.
The personal diaries and letters documenting Australian’s experiences of the Great War are one of the great strengths of the Library’s World War I collections. Many of these were acquired soon after the war ended. They capture the authentic and personal observations of those who served - before their memories were diluted by the passing of time and unreliable reminiscences.
Browse over 1200 volumes of diaries and letters written by 550 diarists including soldiers, nurses, journalists and artists.
This digital collection provides an essential insight into propaganda and recruitment during the Great War. Covers an array of international perspectives with material from the US, Great Britain, Germany, France, Belgium and more. (This resources is only available to staff and students of UOW)