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Introduction; 1. Villers-Bretonneux. An Australian victory?; 2. 'The turning point of the war': occupying the memory front; 3. A school or nothing; 4. The Australian National Memorial of Villers-Bretonneux: commemorating the nation within an imperial frame; 5. 'Have we forgotten this place?'; 6. 'The meaning of the ANZAC tradition ... must be learned anew'; 7. 'A piece of Australia in France'; 8. 'It was great to see Australia acknowledged in such a great way'; Conclusion.

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An analysis of the memorialisation of Australia's role in the Somme and the Anzac mythology that contributes to Australia's identity.

About the Author

Romain Fathi, Ph.D., is Lecturer in History at Flinders University of South Australia and a Chercheur associe at the Centre d'Histoire de Sciences Po, Paris. He has taught and researched at Sciences Po in France, Yale in the United States, and the University of Queensland in Australia. His primary research interests focus on the First World War, war commemorations and Australian identity.

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