Brochure for World War 1 and Gallipoli – the reality behind the Anzac myth

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The centenary commemorations of the ‘Great War’ and Gallipoli have become a costly political obsession. It is time to pause and reflect.

We honour all Australians who have died and suffered in war – and we remember the suffering of their families and loved ones.

At Gallipoli Australian soldiers showed remarkable bravery and inspiring selflessness. Yet, Gallipoli was a tragic and costly military defeat.

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World War 1: A History in 100 Stories

 

Screen shot 2015-03-25 at 7.58.40 PMThis free online course is part of the 100 Stories Project at Monash University, commemorating the Anzac centenary and exploring the cost of war. The course will take place either side of Anzac Day, and suggests new and more inclusive ways of remembering.The 100 stories distil the experience of the Great War. They will take you on a journey, across the battlefields on which the war was fought and into the homes of the ordinary people who suffered it. Amongst the cast of the 100 stories are not just soldiers, sailors, airmen and nurses, but parents who lost their sons, wives who struggled with shell-shocked husbands, children who never knew their fathers. The themes these stories explore – grief and suffering, hope, anguish and loss – are universal. They are told in a language everyone can understand and are based on archives only just opened to historians.

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The Enduring Effects of War- Educational Resource

History teachers often feel conflicted about teaching war in the secondary classroom. Wars are events that have shaped the ancient and modern world and it is important to ensure that students are aware of the role that they have played in the history of civilisation. In addition to developing a world view, teachers hope that understanding the history of war will help future generations learn from the actions of their ancestors. However many teachers are concerned that unless approached sensitively, the focus on war in the History classroom can have the opposite effect, causing students to glorify it rather than treat it as an historical warning. Highlighting both the short and long term physical, mental and environmental consequences of war is particularly important now as Australia begins its 100 year commemoration of WWI.

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Children wearing gas masks on their way to school during WWII

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