Anzac and Empire: The Tragedy and Glory of Gallipoli - John RobertsonLondon: Leo Cooper, 1990, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper. Top edge of the text block tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Maps; Colour frontispiece; List of sources; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: “Anzac and Empire is the story of the Gallipoli campaign — from its contentious origin and conduct to its far-reaching repercussions — told largely through the words of participants and observers. It is also an examination of the changing attitudes of Australians towards Britain and their place in the British Empire.
In recent years much new material, mainly in the form of diaries and letters, has been acquired by archival repositories such as the Australian War Memorial and the Imperial War Museum. Professor Robertson gathered together a wide selection of this material so as to recreate the events of 1915 as perceived by those who lived and suffered through them. As well, he explores the relationship between Australia and Britain at all levels from private to general and from private citizen to prime minister and governor-general. The Australian government’s uncritical acceptance of London’s war strategy and the widespread loyalty of the Australian people to the Empire cause is set against an awareness of Australia’s regional interests and a growing nationalism.
The book investigates aspects not often covered fully in works on Gallipoli, including treatment of the sick and wounded, the plight of prisoners of war, and the place occupied by Australian issues in the wartime post-mortem on the campaign, the Dardanelles Commission of 1916-17. It also deals with the origin of Anzac Day and the place of Gallipoli in the Australian ethos.
The Anzac legend — a legend of bravery, recklessness, a cynical or disrespectful attitude toward authority outside battle but stern discipline under fire, and so on — is said by some to have been a figment of imagination created by the war correspondent C. E. W. Bean and other writers and publicists. Anzac and Empire shows through the words of those involved in the Gallipoli campaign — the strategists, politicians, observers, military officers and ordinary fighting men — that the creators of the Anzac legend were the Anzacs themselves. The book is both a tribute to the fighting men and an authoritative survey of all aspects of the campaign, strikingly illustrated with an outstanding array of photographs and paintings from the Australian War Memorial.”