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Rebuilding lives: Heroism and gender in the great war community of an australian soldier

Warburton, M.J. (2018) Rebuilding lives: Heroism and gender in the great war community of an australian soldier. In: Efthimiou, O., Allison, S.T. and Franco, Z.E., (eds.) Heroism and Wellbeing in the 21st Century. Routledge as part of the Taylor and Francis Group, pp. 44-57.

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315409023
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Abstract

Basing my research on the Great War letters of an Australian soldier, I have uncovered a pioneering community where, in the struggle to settle in an alien environment, heroism was the norm. Faced with the challenge of war, the people mobilized their community structures to send their ‘soldier-heroes’ to the battlefront and to support them and their loved ones on the home front. When death came, the rhetoric of heroism became a coping mechanism that restored community wellbeing. Whereas in peacetime, the identity of the women was obscured, the wartime supporting roles they adopted made them visible.

Publication Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Arts
Publisher: Routledge as part of the Taylor and Francis Group
Copyright: © 2018 Taylor & Francis
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/41015
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