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The Crying Years - Australia's Great War
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The Great War continues to fascinate us all. In this original approach, prize-winninghistorian Peter Stanley cleverly weaves his narrative around striking images-manynever seen before-to create a visual history that immerses the reader in eachmoment.
Peter has selected documents, photographs, artefacts, andimages-drawings, prints, postcards, advertisements, souvenirs, song-sheets,posters, leaflets, maps, and cartoons-which together tell stories of battlesoverseas with Turks and Germans, and battles at home, for and againstconscription, over `loyalty’ and `disloyalty’, and the war’s many imposts onAustralia’s people.
The National Library’s war memorabilia and documents help to connect theconflict overseas with the equally bitter struggle at home. Men faced life-changingchoices: volunteer to fight or stay at home; join the industrial battles for hard-wonworking conditions or break the strikes. Women bore the burdens of voting tosend men to their deaths, of raising children on their own, of waiting andworrying. As communities fractured under the stress, even children were drawninto the animosities between `German’, `Irish’, and `British’ Australians.
The Crying Years evokes the drama and tragedy, suffering andsacrifice, the pain and the pity, of Australia’s Great War.
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