Total War and Entitlement: Towards a Global History of Veteran Privilege
Article first published online: 14 MAR 2013
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Australian Journal of Politics & History
Volume 59, Issue 1, pages 15–32, March 2013
How to Cite
Crotty, M. and Edele, M. (2013), Total War and Entitlement: Towards a Global History of Veteran Privilege. Australian Journal of Politics & History, 59: 15–32. doi: 10.1111/ajph.12001
- Issue published online: 14 MAR 2013
- Article first published online: 14 MAR 2013
By comparing Australia with the USSR (and not with the UK or other British dominions as is most often done) we advance two principal arguments. Firstly, despite the claims of some historians, veterans as a social entity are not the exclusive product of postwar discourse and the postwar political, cultural and social milieux in the countries for which soldiers fought. Rather, their emergence as a social group reflects the experience of mass soldiering in an age of total war. Secondly, it is possible to identify the factors which influenced the extent to which veterans’ claims to special entitlements were translated into special status. We identify eight structural factors which, if they did not determine, at least heavily influenced, the policy outcomes of veterans’ activism.