On the Home Front: Melbourne in Wartime: 1939-1945

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An evocative study of Melbourne during World War II, this newly revised account illustrates life in an Australian city during wartime, drawing upon the memories of the men and women who lived through these turbulent years. Investigating the work, leisure, relationships, and fears of the families left behind, this record also covers topics such as Australian nationalism and identity, the challenged traditional roles of mothers and wives, and the issues of drunkenness, gambling, and sexuality on the home front. In effect, society’s responses to the tensions between increased government interference and new opportunities for social and sexual freedoms are thoroughly captured in this compelling narrative.

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Kate Darian-Smith is a professor of Australian studies and history at the University of Melbourne. Her many publications include Britishness Abroad: Transnational Movements and Imperial Cultures, Memory and History in Twentieth Century Australia, and Stirring Australian Speeches: The Definitive Collection.

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"This engaging book is an essential insight into how the Second World War transformed daily life in Australia . . . Kate Darian-Smith’s imaginative research and her wonderful eye for the detail animate every page."   —Dr. Michael Cathcart, lecturer, University of Melbourne

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