Official History of the Australian Imperial Force in Sinai and Palestine

Christopher Lee
unpublished
The reverse colonisation narrative emerged in the late nineteenth century as a predominately English form that expressed fears over the declining vigour of the British race and the pressing need for renewed attention to national defence and a rejuvenated martial spirit (Meaney 230). Cosmopolitan civility and urban decadence were construed as enervating the adventurous masculine spirit responsible for Britain's Empire. This left Britain vulnerable to an invading host of Others who were seen as
more » ... re virile and adventurous because they were the products of a more vital and competitive natural environment. Australia developed its own inflections of these invasion narratives because of (post)colonial anxieties over being a small British settlement in a large continent precariously perched beneath a populous Asia. Britain was often in league with the enemy in this literature because its treaties with China
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