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Alternative title: Special Issue : Australia and the ‘End’ of World War I
Issue Details: First known date: 2021... vol. 52 no. 1 2021 of Australian Historical Studies est. 1988-1989 Australian Historical Studies
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'At dawn on Saturday 25 April 2020, hundreds of Australians gathered in their driveways to observe a minute of silence to commemorate Anzac Day. In suburbs across the country they found inventive ways to mark the occasion, decorating fences with rosemary and wreaths, letterboxes with paper poppies, and pathways with candles and chalked messages ‘Lest we forget’. Anzac Day fell during the national COVID-19 pandemic shutdown and ‘Light up the Dawn’ or ‘Stand at Dawn’, as the Returned Services League (RSL) termed it, was a response to the cancellation of dawn services around Australia. After the recent decline in Anzac Day Dawn Service attendance of post-centenary celebrations, it was a poignant act of remembrance and one that was perhaps all the more moving given its disconcerting echoes with history. Only once before in its over one-hundred-year history had Anzac Day ceremonies been similarly disrupted, during the public health crisis brought about by the Spanish influenza pandemic in 1919, when most events were postponed and some even cancelled. Anzac Day 2020 was not only a commemoration of the country’s military past but also an event, like Anzac Day 1919, that connected communities in the face of a global pandemic and the social isolation that it brought in its wake. The traditions sparked by World War I still hold an important place in Australian political and cultural life, and today, as the country deals with crises that resonate with those of a century ago, the history of this conflict has a heightened relevance.' (Romain Fathi, Andrekos Vanarva, Michael Walsh : Editorial Introduction)


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* Contents derived from the 2021 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Australianama : The South Asian Odyssey in Australia, Suvendrini Perera , single work review
— Review of Australianama : The South Asian Odyssey in Australia Samia Khatun , 2019 multi chapter work criticism poetry prose biography ;
'The autobiographical opening of Samia Khatun's book takes us back to the year 2008, to a psychiatric ward in outer Sydney, where the author's mother, Eshrat, a Muslim migrant from Bangladesh, is locked up in her room by night with a fellow inmate, a uniformed soldier from the Holdsworthy Barracks, newly returned from the front in Afghanistan. Eshrat, all too aware of the fate of thousands of fellow Muslims murdered by Australian forces in Afghanistan, begins to experience terrifying visions of her Quran melting before her eyes.' (Introduction)
(p. 127-128)
[Review] Dispossession and the Making of Jedda : Hollywood in Ngunnawal Country, Camille Nurka , single work review
— Review of Dispossession and the Making of Jedda (1955) : Hollywood in Ngunnawal Country Catherine Kevin , 2020 multi chapter work criticism ;
'Catherine Kevin, the author of Dispossession and the Making of Jedda: Hollywood in Ngunnawal Country, tells us that this book was a long time in the making. In some ways, it is a very personal book for Kevin because it emerges from her own white-settler family history in the heart of grazier country in the Yass Valley, where a lucrative wool industry was established on Ngunnawal land. The time and care that Kevin has put into this book is evident in the complex, difficult and evocative story that it tells about colonialism through an account of the making of one of the most historically significant films to address the question of race relations in Australia. As Kevin acknowledges, there are many scholarly analyses of Jedda, notably in Indigenous Studies and Film Studies. But what makes the focus of this book especially arresting is its unearthing of the local, intimate and exploitative economic relationships between white pastoralists and black labourers in the Yass Valley/Ngunnawal country that supported the making of Jedda. Without sizeable investment from wealthy pastoralists in the wool industry, the film would never have been made. ‘The central paradox of this book’, Kevin writes, ‘is the enthusiasm of a pastoral community for a film that directly addressed the continuing legacy of settler-colonialism’ in which the very same pastoral community itself was complicit (1). These were people who benefited from the state policies of racial assimilation and segregation that Jedda had attempted to scrutinise.' (Introduction)
(p. 128-130)
[Review] The Trials of Portnoy : How Penguin Brought Down Australia’s Censorship System, Patrick Mullins , single work review
— Review of The Trials of Portnoy : How Penguin Brought down Australia's Censorship System Patrick Mullins , 2020 single work criticism ;
'The Trials of Portnoy is a detailed account of the decision by the Penguin publishing company in 1970 to publish Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint in Australia, even though this novel had been prohibited here. In this, his second book, Patrick Mullins relates who the key players behind this decision to publish were, why they set out to do what they did, the clever steps they took to realise their goals, who helped them along the way, who opposed them, on what basis, what eventually resulted, legally and socially, from this episode, and the enduring significance of these results. The Portnoy case was more significant in Australia’s reform of its censorship program than has been realised previously.' (Introduction)
(p. 137-138)

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