This 2021 Anzac Day video was commissioned by the Menzies Australia Institute at King’s College London in association with the School of History and the Australian Studies Institute at the Australian National University in Canberra.– Beatrice Bijon, Martin Thomas
Join renowned historians Jay Winter and Bruce Scates for a timely reflection on the enduring impact of the First World War. In this thought-provoking and visually rich video, two leading scholars, both deeply immersed in the global impact of the war, explore how Anzac Day (25 April) became a sacred anniversary in the Australian story and consider how commemorative landscapes were created after the war was over. This investigation of the politics of memorialisation is highly attentive to the impact of war on a traumatised society as men and women returned from the conflict.
About the Speakers
Jay Winter is Charles J. Stille Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University. A world renowned authority on the First World War and its impact on the twentieth century, he is the author of such classics as Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural History and The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century. Winter was co-producer, co-writer, and chief historian for the PBS/BBC series The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century, which won an Emmy Award, a Peabody Award and a Producers Guild of America Award for best television documentary in 1997.
Bruce Scates is Professor of History at the Australian National University, a Fulbright scholar and leads the 100 Stories Project. His many books include Return to Gallipoli, A New Australia, and Anzac Journeys, a collaboration with early career scholars exploring sites of commemoration and pilgrimage. Scates is the writer and co-producer of the film, Australian Journey and played a major role in the ABC series The War that Changed Us. His most recent publication, The Last Battle, involved a pioneering study of Australia’s repatriation records.