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Title: The Lost Labour Force: Working-Class Approaches to Military Service During the Great War
Contributor(s): Wise, Nathan (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2007
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Abstract: Of the 330 000 Australian men who embarked with the Australian Imperial Force during the Great War, over two-thirds were from Australia's working classes. Amongst these were many men who approached military service as a job of work; they enlisted for employment, for the pay, or for the benefits they believed they would receive upon discharge. Yet the traditional approach towards 'histories of the military' has largely passed by the daily work of these men in favour of combat related studies, whilst on the other hand labour historians have had a distaste for studies of the military in general. This article seeks to bring attention to the importance of labour history approaches to the military by focusing upon these working-class attitudes towards military service in the Australian Imperial Force during the Great War as a job of work.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Labour History (93), p. 161-176
Publisher: Australian Society for the Study of Labour History
Place of Publication: Sydney, Australia
ISSN: 0023-6942
Field of Research (FOR): 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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