Few would disagree that in recent years the idea of the Anzac has become an important, even dominant force within Australian history. But with Anzac Day just around the corner, what does it all really mean?
In their new book What’s Wrong with Anzac? Professors Marilyn Lake and Henry Reynolds argue that Anzac has become a sacred, untouchable element of the nation.
A collection of thoughtful and provocative essays suggest that our Anzac obsession is distorting the rest of Australian history. But is this really the case?
At the special event, presented in partnership with The Australian Literary Review, a panel of historians and commentators explore the historical fact and the mythology surrounding Anzac.
Featuring What’s Wrong with Anzac? lead authors, Professors Marilyn Lake and Henry Reynolds and historian Ross McMullin. Chaired by the ALR’s Stephen Romei.
Henry Reynolds is one of Australia’s best-known historians. He grew up in Hobart and was educated at Hobart High School and the University of Tasmania. His latest book is Forgotten War (NewSouth 2013).
Marilyn Lake is a leading Australian historian with a national and international profile. She has been researching the impact of war on Australian society for 30 years, the subject of both her MA and PhD thesis.
Ross McMullin is a historian and biographer whose main interests are Australian history, politics and sport. He has researched and written extensively about the impact on Australia of its involvement in World War I.