Today in Australia is ANZAC Day in which Australia (and New Zealand) commemorate their people who served in the armed forces from the Boer War in 1899 to more current conflicts. ANZAC Day is founded in the battles at Gallipoli in Turkey in World War I. Les Carlyon’s book on Gallipoli is a worthy read.

Today is also an opportunity to reflect on issues of nationalism, empire, history, and politics. It is also important to consider the way in which communication is used to serve the interests of governments during such periods of conflict, and even afterwards in traditions like ANZAC Day.


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