This is Volume III of the Centenary History of Australia and the Great War. It begins with the Australian conquest of German New Guinea and continues through the war in the Indian and Pacific oceans, the Middle East and the Western Front. The war changed Australia for better and for worse. What had been a progressive social democracy before the war emerged from it with a heavy national debt and sharply divisive politics.
But Stevenson rejects the suggestion that Australia should have remained neutral. A German victory would have cost Australia dearly—even without a German army stationed in Collins Street. Stevenson also stresses the key role of Australian officers in creating Australian Imperial Forces exceptionalism.
Meticulously researched and clearly written, The war with Germany is an important contribution to Australian war literature.