The AIF in Asia and the Pacific 1941-1945: A reorientation in attitudes toward Asia, Empire and Nation

2019-02-06T03:33:28Z (GMT) by Lachlan Grant
With a population of approximately seven million at the outbreak of the Second World War, the half-a-million soldiers, sailors, airmen and nurses of the Australian military forces that served overseas during the conflict, represent an extraordinary group who helped shape Australian understandings of Asia, empire and nation. Before the age of jet travel in the 1960s, the Second Australian Imperial Force (AIF) represented the largest group of Australians to have entered Asia and the Pacific until that point of time. This thesis shows how this remarkable group of Australians – including those who had the misfortune to become Prisoners of War (POWs) – helped shape Australian understandings of empire, Asia and Australia‟s role and place in regional affairs. [...]<br>