On the Home Front

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Melbourne Univ. Publishing, 1 abr. 2009 - 320 páginas
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What really happened on the Australian home front during the Second World War?

For the people of Melbourne these were years of social dislocation and increased government interference in all aspects of daily life. On the Home Front is the story of their work, leisure, relationships and their fears—for by 1942 the city was pitted with air raid trenches, and in the half-light of the brownout Melburnians awaited a Japanese invasion.

As women left the home to replace men in factories and offices, the traditional roles of mothers and wives were challenged. The presence of thousands of American soldiers in Melbourne raised new questions about Australian nationalism and identity, and the 'carnival spirit' of many on the home front created anxiety about the issues of drunkenness, gambling and sexuality.

Kate Darian-Smith's classic and evocative study of Melbourne in wartime draws upon the memories of men and women who lived through those turbulent years when society grappled with the tensions between a restrictive government and new opportunities for social and sexual freedoms.

 

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Índice

The City in War
15
Work
50
Housing and Homes
83
The Family
116
Entertainment
146
Sexuality and Morality
176
The Americans
207
Conclusion
234
Bibliography
273
Index
294
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Kate Darian-Smith is Professor of Australian Studies and History at the University of Melbourne. Her many publications include Memory and History in Twentieth Century Australia, Stirring Australian Speeches: The Definitive Collection and Britishness Abroad: Transnational Movements and Imperial Cultures.

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