Kokoda: and two national histories

Hank Nelson

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    Papua New Guinea has had great difficulty distilling the complex experiences of World War II into national history, but at the same time Australians have elevated and celebrated the significance of Kokoda. The 1942 battles on the Kokoda Track have been the subject of major Australian books and a feature film, and the numbers of trekkers on the Track have increased sharply. But in Papua New Guinea, Kokoda has been narrowing to an association with the Koiari and the Kokoda Orokaiva landowners. In Papua New Guinea, where the nation needs a sense of values and experiences in common, Kokoda is neither well known nor 'national'.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)73-88
    JournalJournal of Pacific History
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


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