The conscription conflict and the great war

Professor Dan Li

Robin Archer, Joy Damousi, Murray Goot, Sean Scalmer, eds

In Australia, centennial commemorations of the Great War have focused on the sacrifice and heroism of the nation’s soldiers. Somewhat forgotten within these commemorations has been the campaigns for and against military conscription. In Australia, uniquely, these campaigns resulted in two national popular referendums, held amid great social unrest and the fall of a government.

In The Conscription Conflict and the Great War, distinguished scholars consider the origins, unfolding, and consequences of the conscription campaigns, comparing local events with experiences in Britain, the US and other countries. In part a corrective to the ‘militarisation’ of Australian history, this is also a major new exploration of a defining episode in Australia’s past.

Out in October, rrp A$34.95