Popular Gallipoli history and the representation of Australian military manhood

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Though scholarly historians have debated and debunked Australia’s Anzac legend, popular histories continue to popularise a particular version of Australian military manhood and attribute Australian military success to national character. This study of the bestselling Gallipoli histories by Les Carlyon and Peter FitzSimons explores the extent to which they draw upon Charles Bean’s foundational history and recreate an Anzac legend that resonates with Australian readers in the twenty-first century.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)518–533
Number of pages16
JournalHistory Australia
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Australian soldiers
  • Charles Bean
  • Gallipoli
  • masculinity
  • national history
  • popular history
  • World War I

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