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The Last Battle: Soldier Settlement in Australia 1916-1939

Scates, Bruce, Oppenheimer, Melanie

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ISBN 10: 1107125065 / ISBN 13: 9781107125063
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This book maps out the deeply personal history of the soldiers' struggle to transition from Anzac to farmer and provider. Num Pages: 272 pages, 56 b/w illus. 8 colour illus. BIC Classification: HBW; HBWN. Category: (U) Tertiary Education (US: College). Dimension: 182 x 252 x 25. Weight in Grams: 1002. . 2016. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781107125063

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Title: The Last Battle: Soldier Settlement in ...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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When Australian soldiers returned from the First World War they were offered the chance to settle on 'land fit for heroes'. Promotional material painted a picture of prosperous farms and contented families, appealing to returned servicepeople and their families hoping for a fresh start. Yet just 20 years after the inception of these soldier settlement schemes, fewer than half of the settlers remained on their properties. In this timely book, based on recently uncovered archives, Bruce Scates and Melanie Oppenheimer map out a deeply personal history of the soldiers' struggle to transition from Anzac to farmer and provider. At its foundation lie thousands of individual life stories shaped by imperfect repatriation policies. The Last Battle examines the environmental challenges, the difficulties presented by the physical and psychological damage many soldiers had sustained during the war, and the vital roles of women and children.

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Richly illustrated with archival photographs and sketches, The Last Battle covers new ground in its social approach to the history of Australian soldier settlement and is an important contribution to the emerging field of repatriation studies.

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