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Red Coat Dreaming

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  • Date Published: October 2009
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521193603

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  • In Red Coat Dreaming art, artefacts and life stories combine to evoke a period when the British Army was also Australia's army. From the first British settlement to the First World War, some Australians were indifferent to and even disdainful of the military force that fomented the Rum Rebellion and shot down gold miners at Eureka. Yet many were proud of the British Army's achievements on battlefields far from Australia. Hundreds of Australians enlisted in the army or married its officers and rankers; thousands had served in it before settling in Australia, and hundreds of thousands barracked when the army went to war. Red Coat Dreaming challenges our understanding of Australia's military history and the primacy of the Anzac legend. It shows how few Australians were immune to the allure and historic associations of the red coat, the British Army's sartorial signature, and leaves readers thinking differently about Australia's identity and experience of war.

    • Looks beyond frictions like the Eureka stockade to tell the full story of the affectionate relationship between colonial Australia and the British army
    • Each chapter tells a story based around a physical trace of the relationship, from paintings to a pub. These images are replicated in a full-colour section in the book
    • Written in an accessible style, this book offers a thought-provoking and unique perspective on Australia's military history and the Anzac legend
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This is an impressive book that reclaims the lost inner life of at least some colonial Australians.' History Today

    'British Army is a fun, very short book, not so much intended to leave a mark on the research or analysis of Australia's military history, but to promote an idea, a particular vision of the legacy of British imperial history on Australia, and, perhaps, to give historians ideas for future research topics.' Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521193603
    • length: 198 pages
    • dimensions: 250 x 168 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Waking
    2. King Bungaree
    3. Hero of Waterloo
    4. Dear Spicer
    5. Daughters of the regiment
    6. Colonial Coriolanus
    7. Scarlet fever
    8. Canvas and cadmium
    9. England's bugler
    10. Dreaming.

  • Author

    Craig Wilcox
    Craig Wilcox is a historian who lives and writes in Sydney, Australia's oldest city. He studied under Beverley Kingston and K. S. Inglis, has had fellowships at the National Museum of Australia and the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies in London, and has worked at the Australian War Memorial. His books include Australia's Boer War (2002) and his professional interests lie in the intersection of war, art and literature, and in good writing.

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