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Our corner of the somme : Australia at Villers-Bretonneux

Author: Romain Fathi
Publisher: Port Melbourne, VIC : Cambridge University Press, 2019.
Series: Australian Army history series.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An analysis of the memorialisation of Australia's role in the Somme and the Anzac mythology that contributes to Australia's identity.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Fathi, Romain, 1987-
Our corner of the Somme.
Port Melbourne, VIC : Cambridge University Press, 2019
(OCoLC)1046057954
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Romain Fathi
ISBN: 9781108692519 1108692516
OCLC Number: 1089257713
Description: 1 online resource (xx, 270 page) : illustration, maps.
Contents: Introduction; Chapter 1. Villers-Bretonneux: An Australian victory?; Episode 1: 4 and 5 April 1918; Episode 2: 24 and 25 April 1918; Episode 3: 8 August 1918; Chapter 2. 'The turning point of the war': Occupying the memory front; Amiens: a competitive commemorative ground; National, not imperial commemorations; Villers-Bretonneux: a welcoming commemorative platform; Villers' gratitude: a much-appreciated story in Australia; Chapter 3. A school or nothing; Villers-Bretonneux's adoption and Victoria School; A donation to serve Australian interests; Memorials to the memorial The indifference of Villers inhabitants; Chapter 4. The Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux: Commemorating the nation within an imperial frame; Imagining the Australian National Memorial: projections and realities; Australianising a British-conceived and French-executed memorial; Anticipating the AWM's unveiling ceremony; Representing Australia at the unveiling ceremony; Unveiling the memorial: imagining Australia acknowledgedAustralia eclipsed; Memorialising the ceremony; Chapter 5. 'Have we forgotten this place?' Chapter 6 'The meaning of the Anzac tradition must be learned anew'; A nuclear relationship; A changing national narrative; A genealogical interest; DVA's commemorative offensive on the former Western Front; Chapter 7. 'A piece of Australia in France'; The great comeback: developing, encouraging and reshaping commemorations; Effects of the surge of Australian tourists at Villers-Bretonneux; The Australian takeover, 2008; Australia's commemorative takeover at Villers-Bretonneux; An Australian Remembrance Trail; 'Next show starts in 2 minutes' Chapter 8. 'It was great to see Australia acknowledged in such a great way'; The surge of Australian visitors; What comments reveal: interpreting semantic fields mobilised by signatories; Remembrance: 'So sad so few remember'11; Rest in peace; Horticultural beauty: 'Very nicely maintained, thank you very much'14; Family link or visit to a specific soldier: 'In memory of...'; Pride and patriotism: 'In honour of many brave men. We are proud to be Australians'20; Emotional impact: 'One of the most emotional days in my life --
so sad!'27; Satisfaction: 'Beautiful day, sunny, we will remember them'34 Gratitude and sacrifice: 'Thank you'; Comments against war: '...such a waste of young lives. NEVER AGAIN'42; Religion: 'Bless those known unto God'45; General observation: 'a long walk'47; No comment; Those who do not sign the visitor books; What about Anzac Day?; Anzac in the Somme: inclusive or exclusive?; The visible minority: setting the standards for commemorative behaviour at Villers' cemeteries and museum?; Villers-Bretonneux's French-Australian Museum: 'A really mad place. Heaps of good AUSTRALIAN history'84; Conclusion.
Series Title: Australian Army history series.
Responsibility: Romain Fathi.

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Our Corner of the Somme provides an eye-opening analysis of the memorialisation of Australians on the Western Front and the Anzac legend that contributes to Australians' identity. Romain Fathi  Read more...

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