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'Boredom is the Enemy': The Intellectual and Imaginative by Amanda Laugesen

By Amanda Laugesen

Warfare is usually characterized as one percentage terror, ninety nine consistent with cent boredom. when a lot ink has been spilt at the one in step with cent, really little paintings has been directed towards the opposite ninety nine in line with cent of a soldier's time. As such, this ebook should be welcomed by way of these looking a fuller knowing of what makes squaddies suffer conflict, and the way they deal with lengthy sessions of state of being inactive. It explores the problem of army boredom and investigates how infantrymen spent their time whilst now not engaged in conflict, paintings or education via a research in their inventive, resourceful and highbrow lives. It examines the efforts of army professionals to supply recommendations to army boredom (and the matter of self-discipline and morale) throughout the provisioning of leisure and schooling, yet extra importantly explores the ways that squaddies replied to such efforts, arguing that infantrymen used leisure and schooling in ways in which ideal them. the point of interest within the publication is on Australians and their reports, basically in the course of the First global struggle, yet with next chapters taking the tale in the course of the moment international battle to the Vietnam battle. This specialize in a unmarried nationwide team permits inquiries to be raised approximately what may (or will possibly not) be remarkable concerning the stories of a specific nationwide workforce, and the methods nationwide id can form an individual's dating and engagement with schooling and leisure. it could actually additionally recommend the continuities and alterations in those stories throughout the process 3 wars. the tale of Australians at warfare illuminates a wider tale of the event of conflict and people's responses to struggle within the 20th century.

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32 Australian Red Cross Society, ‘Monthly Report of Red Cross Work – January 1918’, p. 8; ‘Monthly Report of Red Cross Work – October 1918’, p. 8. 33 See, for example, Scates, ‘Unknown Sock Knitter’, p. 33. ‘Boredom is the Enemy’ 20 example, an organization known as the ‘Association for the Supply of Newspapers to the Hospitals for the Wounded etc’, run by Percy J. Marks, was formed in Sydney in 1916. However, such initiatives were not met with an enthusiastic response. In this case, the scheme was seen to be more of a hindrance than help – apparently because Marks encouraged people to send newspapers to hospitals directly.

Lettercard 29 October 1914, Winsome McDowell Paul, Blessed with a Cheerful Nature: 150 A Reading of the Letters of Lieutenant George Stanley McDowell MC 13th Battalion AIF (Bellevue Heights, SA, 2005), p. 23. 151 Leslie Howsam, Cheap Bibles: Nineteenth-Century Publishing and the British and Foreign Bible Society (Cambridge, 1991), p. viii. 152 Letter to his mother, 1 August 1915, Barton, Nat D. Barton’s Letters Home, p. 56. E. E. Coates No 23 – 7th Battalion, 1st AIF, First World War 1914–18 (Burwood, Vic, 1995), p.

Hampton Thorp’s A Handful 137 139 140 Advertisement at the back of Crosbie Garstin, Mud Larks (Sydney, 1918). Copy held at the National Library of Australia, dated 1916. Advertisement in The Public Instruction Gazette, 9 (1 July 1915), p. 189. Advertising inside the 1915 edition of R. Stupart, Hints to Young Officers in the Australian Military Forces on the Art of Command, Company Command, Mess Etiquette, Dress, Official Correspondence, Military Courtesy, Discipline, etc. (Sydney, 1915). 141 For an overview on British publishers in World War I, see Jane Potter, ‘For Country, Conscience and Commerce: Publishers and Publishing, 1914–18’ in M.

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