The (Great) War for White Australia

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Peter Cochrane is not a scholar who accepts the platitudes and fabrications of a selfaggrandising Anzac legend. Cochrane has demonstrated several times that much historical understanding can be gained by scratching below the varnish of the legend in order to comprehend what was truly at stake in Australia’s Great War. After his remarkable Simpson and the Donkey: the Making of a Legend (1992), Cochrane once again confronts the incoherence and omissions of one of Australia’s most sacred cows. The main contention of his new book Best We Forget is simple: Australia went to war in 1914 to protect and defend White Australia.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Specialist publicationHistory Australia: Journal of The Australian Historical Association
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Anzac legend
  • Peter Cochrane
  • 1914-1918
  • Australian First World War historiography


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