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On the home front : Melbourne in wartime, 1939-1945


Darian-Smith, K, On the home front : Melbourne in wartime, 1939-1945, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, pp. 288. ISBN 9780195531268 (1990) [Authored Research Book]


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. Michael Cathcart What really happened on the Australian home front during the Second World War? For the people of Melbourne these were years of social dislocation and increased government interference in all aspects of daily life. On the Home Front is the story of their work, leisure, relationships and their fears-for by 1942 the city was pitted with air raid trenches, and in the half-light of the brownout Melburnians awaited a Japanese invasion. As women left the home to replace men in factories and offices, the traditional roles of mothers and wives were challenged. The presence of thousands of American soldiers in Melbourne raised new questions about Australian nationalism and identity, and the carnival spirit of many on the home front created anxiety about the issues of drunkenness, gambling and sexuality. Kate Darian-Smith's classic and evocative study of Melbourne in wartime draws upon the memories of men and women who lived through those turbulent years when society grappled with the tensions between a restrictive government and new opportunities for social and sexual freedoms.

Item Details

Item Type:Authored Research Book
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Darian-Smith, K (Professor Kate Darian-Smith)
ID Code:125462
Year Published:1990
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2018-04-18
Last Modified:2018-04-18

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