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On the Home Front: Melbourne in Wartime 1939-1945

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 318 pages
Author: K. Darian-Smith
Year: 2009
Other Data: 2nd ed., bibliog, index
ISBN: 9780522856835

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Product Code: MUP034
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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.

Note on Conversion
Introduction to the Second Edition
On the Home Front
1. The City in War
2. Work
3. Housing and Homes
4. The Family
5. Entertainment
6. Sexuality and Morality
7. The Americans

"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

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