ANZAC Memories: Living with the Legend

In this new edition of Anzac Memories (Monash University Publishing), which was first published to acclaim in 1994, Alistair Thomson explores how the Anzac legend has transformed over the past quarter century, how a ‘post-memory’ of the Great War creates new challenges and opportunities for making sense of the national past, and how veterans’ war memories can still challenge and complicate national mythologies. He returns to a family war history that he could not write about twenty years ago because of the stigma of war and mental illness, and he uses newly-released repatriation files to question his own earlier account of veterans’ post-war lives and memories, and to think afresh about war and memory.