Australias Empire

Paperback | February 15, 2010

byDeryck Schreuder, Stuart Ward

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This is the first major collaborative reappraisal of Australia's experience of empire since the end of the British Empire itself. The volume examines the meaning and importance of empire in Australia across a broad spectrum of historical issues-ranging from the disinheritance of the Aborigines to the foundations of a new democratic state. The overriding theme is the distinctive Australian perspective on empire. The country'sadherence to imperial ideals and aspirations involved not merely the building of a 'new Britannia' but also the forging of a distinctive new culture and society. It was Australian interests and aspirations which ultimately shaped 'Australia's Empire'. While modern Australians have often played down the significance of their British imperial past, the contributors to this book argue that the legacies of empire continue to influence the temper and texture of Australian society today.

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This is the first major collaborative reappraisal of Australia's experience of empire since the end of the British Empire itself. The volume examines the meaning and importance of empire in Australia across a broad spectrum of historical issues-ranging from the disinheritance of the Aborigines to the foundations of a new democratic st...

Deryck Schreuder is Visiting Professor at The University of Sydney. Stuart Ward is Associate Professor, at the Institute of English, German, and Romance Studies, at Copenhagen University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:440 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:February 15, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019956373X

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Deryck M. Schreuder and Stuart Ward: Introduction: What Became of Australia's Empire?Part I: Contact: The projection of empire1. Hobbles Danaiyarri: The Saga of Captain Cook2. Alan Atkinson: Conquest3. Richard Waterhouse: Settling the Land4. Ann Curthoys: Indigenous Subjects5. Anne Gray: New Visions from Old: Art and the EnvironmentPart II: Dynamics: The instruments of empire6. John Hirst: Empire, State, Nation7. Eric Richards: Migrations: The Career of White British Australia8. Hilary M. Carey: Religion and Society9. Geoffrey Bolton: Money: Trade, Investment and Economic Nationalism10. Stuart Ward: Security: Defending Australia's EmpirePart III: Cultures: An imagined empire11. Mark McKenna: Monarchy: From Reverence to Indifference12. Joy Damousi: War and Commemoration: The Responsibility of Empire13. Angela Woollacott: Gender and Sexuality14. Richard White and Hsu-Ming Teo: Popular Culture15. Neville Meaney: In History's Page: Identity and MythDeryck M. Schreuder and Stuart Ward: Epilogue: After Empire

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"Deryck Schreuder and Stuart Ward, are both recognised authorities on the subject, and both have done work beyond Australia that enables them to appreciate its distinctive characteristics. The contributors include leading historians who develop their topics with assurance...Together with theeditorial introduction and epilogue, these make a persuasive case for bringing the imperial dimension back into Australian historiography" --Stuart MacIntyre, The Australian Book Review