On parallel constructions of settler manhood: Mark Sheftall, ‘Mythologising the Dominion Fighting Man: Australian and Canadian Narratives of the First World War Soldier, 1914–39’, Australian Historical Studies, Australian Historical Studies, 46, 1, 2015, pp. 81-99
Abstract: A stereotypical image of the nation’s First World War soldiers—and a conventional understanding of their war experience and its meaning—is not a concept unique to the British Empire’s former Pacific Dominions, but is also promulgated in other parts of the Empire. During the First World War and interwar period, Canada also saw the emergence of a ‘Myth of the Soldier’ that paralleled the Anzac legend in many ways. This article focuses on some of the similarities and differences in Australia and Canada’s mythologising of their First World War soldiers, proposing that this process reflects aspects of identity formation common to settler societies within the British world.
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