The War at Home: Volume IV

The Centenary History of Australia and the Great War

John Connor, Peter Stanley, Peter Yule

The War at Home: Volume IV

The Centenary History of Australia and the Great War

John Connor, Peter Stanley, Peter Yule






6 Nov 2015




Centenary Hist of Aust & Great War

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The War at Home interprets the experience of the Australian people during the Great War in Australia itself, in the politics of war, its economic and social effects, and in the experience of war; what is conventionally called ‘social history’. It seeks to show that the war affected many aspects of Australians’ lives—and that people’s experience of 1914–18 included more than just the war. It also addresses the impact of the war on Australia’s culture and artistic responses to the war.

This volume draws on the uneven but still substantial body of scholarship that has grown up in the decades since Ernest Scott’s official history appeared in 1936, which in turn has largely been founded on an array of sources mainly made available since then. The Bibliographic Essay discusses the secondary literature on which it is based. It also reflects the experience of the years since then. The events of our past change how we understand more distant history. It is impossible now to think of the internment of German Australians without also reflecting on the experiences of those detained in immigration detention camps, to think of the ‘battle of Broken Hill’ without also thinking of the ‘war on terror’ pursued from 2001, or to look at Norman Lindsay’s posters without recalling the insidious influence of propaganda in the century since.

Before understanding the way the Great War affected Australians, we need to acknowledge the texture of life in 1914. Australia before the Great War was, as Michelle Hetherington writes in a survey of the last full year of peace, ‘a world of glorious possibilities’, in which as a social laboratory of progressive social, industrial and economic legislation it was ‘eager to learn, to develop, to dream’. The war would damage that dream, arguably fatally

The Centenary History of Australia and the Great War Series:

Volume 1: Australia and the War in the Air - Available
Volume 2: The War with the Ottoman Empire - Available
Volume 3: The War with Germany - Available
Volume 5: The Australian Imperial Force - Available


Series Foreword
Part I Economy
Peter Yule
1. The Australian Economy in 1914
2. The Economic Impact of War, 1914
3. Supplying the War
4. Trading with the Enemy
5. Wheat and Wool
6. The Little Salesman
7. Manufacturing
8. Financing the War
9. Striking: Industrial Relations During the War
10. The Economic Impact of War, 1919

Part II Politics
John Connor
11. The Outbreak of War and the 1914 Election
12. Labor Ascendant, 1915
13. Hughes in Europe and the Conscription Debate, 1916
14. Conscription Referendum and the Labor Split, 1916
15. Formation of the Nationalist Party and the Federal Election, 1917
16. Conscription Referendum, 1917
17. Politics in 1918
18. Politics in 1919

Part III Society
Peter Stanley
19. Cheering: Outbreak, Shots and Loyalty
20. Accepting: Casualties, Regulations, Internment
21. Mobilising: Volunteers and Censorship
22. Supporting: Women, Children and Men
23. Jeering: Pacifists, Sport and Ordinary Life
24. Understanding: Faith, Propaganda and Culture
25. Enduring; Sacrifice, Aborigines and Sex
26. Suffering: Grief, Sectarianism and War Weariness
27. Returning: Armistice, Repatriation and Reconstruction
28. Remembering: Anzac, Scott’s History and War’s Effects
Bibliographic Essay


John Connor , Senior Lecturer, University of NSW: Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra

Peter Stanley , Research Professor, University of NSW: Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra

Peter Yule , Research Fellow, University of Melbourne

Jeffrey Grey , Professor, School of History, University of NSW: Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra

John Connor is a Senior Lecturer in History at UNSW Canberra. He is the author or editor of several books on the First World War and Australian Military History.

Peter Stanley is one of Australia's most active military-social historians. He has published 25 books, mainly in the field of Australian military history, but also in medical history, British India, British military history and bushfires. He is currently a Research Professor in the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society at the University of New South Wales, Canberra.

Peter Yule is a Research Fellow of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. He has written widely on Australian economic, business and military history, with his books including biographies of Sir Ian Potter and W.L. Baillieu, and histories of the Collins Class submarine project and Australian National Airways.