• Frank Furedi
  • Frank Furedi
  • Sociologist, commentator and author
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The Great War: a battle for meaning

ANZAC DAY marks the anniversary of the first military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. The first one to be commemorated was in 1942 at the Australian War Memorial. It wasn’t a very large gathering; they were prohibited at the time in case of a Japanese air attack.

Since then the marches and services have grown not least of all because we have been involved in more wars, conflicts and peacekeeping activities. Now not everyone agrees with war or likes it’s consequences but sometimes it seems as if it’s almost inevitable. It was in 1914 and while the merits or otherwise of what happened in The Great War have been argued from the safety of armchairs and lecture halls; what happened at the time? More specifically what did the artists and intellectual think and what did they do?

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