Australian Rules Football During the First World War

  • Dale Blair
  • Rob Hess

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Sport and Politics book series (PASSP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Dale Blair, Rob Hess
    Pages 1-15
  3. Dale Blair, Rob Hess
    Pages 17-37
  4. Dale Blair, Rob Hess
    Pages 39-52
  5. Dale Blair, Rob Hess
    Pages 53-68
  6. Dale Blair, Rob Hess
    Pages 69-87
  7. Dale Blair, Rob Hess
    Pages 89-104
  8. Dale Blair, Rob Hess
    Pages 105-120
  9. Dale Blair, Rob Hess
    Pages 121-125
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 127-143

About this book


The book explores the intersection between the Great War and patriotism through an examination of the effects of both on Australia’s most popular football code. The work is chronological, and therefore provides an easy path by which events may be followed. Ultimately it seeks to shine a light on and provide considerable detail to a much-ignored period in Australian Rules football history, including women’s football history, that was subject to much upheaval and which reflected considerable social and class divisions in society at the time. One hundred years on, the Australian Football League presents past soldier footballers as unequivocal representatives of a unifying national ‘Anzac’ spirit. That is far from the reality of football’s First World War experience.


Great War Anzac Sport history Patriotism Gender

Authors and affiliations

  • Dale Blair
    • 1
  • Rob Hess
    • 2
  1. 1.Deakin UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Victoria UniversityMelbourneAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-57842-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-57843-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2365-998X
  • Series Online ISSN 2365-9998
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