Russian Anzacs in Australian History

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UNSW Press, 2005 - History - 310 pages
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Elena Govor has given voice to a part of Australian cultural history that until now has been silent. Extraordinarily, it was men born in the former Russian Empire that constituted the most numerous group in the First Australian Imperial Force, after those of Anglo or Celtic background—almost one thousand Russian Anzacs. This book is a history of Russian multiethnic communities in Australia, and passionately rediscovers ties, formerly severed, between the children and grandchildren of Russian Anzacs and their Russian past.
 

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Contents

PART ONE ORIGINS
15
Ethnic and other Russians Byelorussians
21
Poles
38
Finns
49
Jews
55
PART TWO
65
The battalion that might have been
82
Among the first Anzacs
95
Heading home?
174
PART THREE LIFE
183
Coming home
193
Between the land and the sea
202
Making a go of it
215
Becoming Australian
221
Pressures to assimilate
227
A sense of belonging
238

Egypt
107
The Western Front
114
1917
121
1918
131
Being Russian among Australians
144
Serving with Russians
150
I fight no more for the British
168
Blending in
244
The Second World War
250
Epilogue
263
Appendix
275
Bibliography
294
Index
305
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