The ANZAC Ethos and the Justification for War. Hugh White (audio)

At his thoughtful and thought-provoking best, academic, intellectual and author Hugh White addresses the Thinking For Yourself conference (La Trobe, February 2013) about the national mythology about war. Each time Australia goes to war, we should ask (he suggests): What are we doing there? And why? And why don't we talk about the justifications for war?

"How did we find ourselves in a position where we'd gone to war and started taking significant casualties without asking ourselves (about the justification for our involvement in Afghanistan)... It goes to the way we've learnt to think about war, and the very potent place of war in Australia's view of itself." - Hugh White

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Hugh White

Hugh White is a professor of strategic studies at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University.

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