Essays from some of Australia's leading historians showing how Australian history has been rewritten in the past twenty years to accommodate different notions of Australian identity.
Is there an alternative to the 'black armband' view of Australian history? Have historians exaggerated the bad in our history at the expense of the good? Do we need a more positive account of our past?
Creating Australia argues for greater emphasis on the originality and agency of Australians and a greater appreciation of our achievements. It shows how recent historical research on the plurality of Australian experience can in fact contribute to a positive view of our past.
With chapters from some of Australia's leading historians, including Ann Curthoys, Marilyn Lake, Janet McCalman, Peter Read, David Walker and Richard White, Creating Australia points to ways in which Australian history-making is changing and will change further.
'In place of the older argument between the triumphalists and the pessimists, [Hudson and Bolton] propose a process of challenge and response. They seek to promote a re-reading of the standard narratives to allow for pluralism and to embrace inclusion and diversity.' - From the Preface by Professor Stuart Macintyre
Shortlisted, Historical and Critical Studies Prize, Western Australian Premier's Book Awards 1998;
Special Mention, GroupCategory, Centre for Australian Cultural Studies National Awards 1997.
Wayne Hudson is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Humanities at Griffith University and Director of the National Institute for Law, Ethics and Public Affairs.
Geoffrey Bolton is Professor of History at Edith Cowan.
Short-listed Western Australian Premier's Book Awards, Historical and Critical Studies Prize 1998 AU; Commended Centre for Australian Cultural Studies National Awards 1997 AU
Table Of Contents:
1 Creating Australia
2 Inventing Australia revisited
3 History and identity
4 Sexuality and Australian identities
5 Queer histories
6 Aborigines making history
7 Chinese Australian history
8 Multiple political identities
9 The originality of ordinary lives
10 Feminists creating citizens
11 Creating Australian law
12 Australian political thought
13 Australian Utopias
14 Australia as Asia
15 Celebrating Australian music
16 A secret history
17 Cultural undergrounds and civic identity
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