The History Wars (Paperback)

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The History Wars (Paperback)


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The nation's history has probably never been more politicised than it is today. Politicians, journalists, columnists, academics and Australians from all walks of life argue passionately—and often, ideologically—about the significance of the national story: the cherished ideal of the 'fair go', the much contested facts of Indigenous dispossession, the Anzac legend, and the nation's strategic alliance with the United States. Historians have become both combatants and casualties in this war of words.

In The History Wars, Stuart Macintyre and Anna Clark explore how this intense public debate has polarised the nation and paralysed history departments. This edition includes a new afterword by Stuart Macintyre which recounts, with rueful irony, the outbreak of controversy that followed the book's original publication, and the further light it shed on the uses and abuses of Australian history.

Stuart Macintyre is Ernest Scott Professor of History. Dean of Arts and Laureate Professor an the University of Melbourne. His books include A Colonial Liberalism (MUP); The Oxford History of Australia, vol.4; and The Reds: The Communist Party of Australiafrom Origins to Illegality.

Anna Clark is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in Public History at the University of Technology Sydney.

Product Details ISBN: 9780522851281
ISBN-10: 0522851282
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
Publication Date: June 15th, 2004
Pages: 310
Language: English