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A very long Shadow,
This review is from: Anzac's Long Shadow: The Cost of Our National Obsession (Paperback)
Most countries have some form of national myths - they are a form of short hand for the things that everyone in the country is supposed to agree upon. Whether everybody does agree with these things or not is, of course, another issue all together. Myths have a life of their own.
Migrants to new countries often see these myths in a different way - having not taking them in with their mother's milk the myths may look strange, old or incomplete.
One of the most obvious Australian myths was formed through the failed military campaign at Gallipoli. "ANZAC" has come to stand amongst other things for bravery, toil, fearlessness and stoicism. It is a brave man or women that seeks to ask questions about this myth - because in some parts of Australia the ANZAC legend /myth is adhered to with almost religious fervor.
This book looks at ANZAC in a very clear light to ask and answer one question: "How does the ANZAC myth impact on the ability of Australia's armed forces to fight modern wars?"
From such a seemingly simple question, a complex and valuable book emerges.
This book does not seek to denigrate the actions of the soldiers whose actions were the foundation of the myth - what the book does is ask how valuable is this myth to the training and function of soldiers who will be asked to fight very different wars to the Gallipoli campaign.