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Anzac and Empire
George Foster Pearce and the Foundations of Australian Defence

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Part of Australian Army History Series

  • Author: John Connor, University College, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra
  • Date Published: April 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107009509

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  • Anzac and Empire is the remarkable story of George Foster Pearce – a carpenter who became one Australia's most influential politicians, and the man central to how Australia planned for, and fought in, World War I. The nation's longest-serving defence minister – holding the portfolio before, during and after the Great War – Pearce saw no contradiction in being both a fierce Australian nationalist, and also a loyal subject of the British Empire.Anzac and Empire is the first full-length biography of this extraordinary Australian. Written by one of Australia's leading military historians, this book shows that to understand Australia in the Great War, you must understand the man behind it.

    • First full-length biography of George Foster Pearce, Australia's longest-serving defence minister.
    • Provides new perspective on Australia in the First World War
    • Shows how Pearce was critical to the foundations of today's Australian defence organisation
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    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107009509
    • length: 248 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 13 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations and tables
    Acknowledgments
    Introduction
    1. 'We, too, have hopes and ambitions', 1870–1909
    2. Building the Framework, 1910–1913
    3. War, 1914
    4. 'One of the great battle stories of the British Empire', 1915
    5. Conscription and the Labor Split, 1916
    6. The disastrous department, 1917
    7. 'Pearce is doomed!', 1918
    8. London and Washington, 1919–1922
    9. Rearmament, 1922–1952
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    John Connor, University College, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra
    John Connor is Senior Lecturer in History, University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra

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