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Title: The Myth of Classlessness in the Australian Imperial Force
Contributor(s): Wise, Nathan (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2012
DOI: 10.1080/1031461X.2011.643906
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Abstract: The issue of class remains strikingly absent from much of the historical literature on the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) during the First World War. This article briefly explores the pre-war class backgrounds of soldiers, the traces of class in their writings and their experiences, the class-based selection processes of soldiers' writing by post-war archives, and how key historians of the AIF have paid insufficient attention to class. It argues that as a result of middle-class hegemony, before, during and after the war, the memory of the First World War in Australian popular culture and much historical writing is largely a memory based upon skewed sources and a lack of recognition of class in the AIF.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Historical Studies, 43(2), p. 287-302
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1940-5049
Field of Research (FOR): 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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