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Bold history

17 May 2014
The Cambridge History of Australia Ed. by Alison Bashford & Stuart Macintyre

Cambridge University Press, pp.636/644, $325, ISBN: 9781107011557

This is a bold attempt to write the history of Australia in 1,200 pages of narrative. A huge team of almost 70 authors come forward, mostly armed with fresh research… Read more

Quiet lessons for the political beginner – and a clip round the ear for senior players

29 October 2010

More concerned with posterity than Menzies’ memoirs and more of a narrative than Whitlam’s, John Howard’s autobiography shows he is still slightly surprised by the measure of his success A… Read more

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Identity politics

17 July 2010
The Unknown Nation James Curran and Stuart Ward

Melbourne University Press, pp.326, $35.99

In the past half century, much ingenuity and humdrum effort has gone into redefining Australia as a nation. Politicians, intellectuals and advertisers have joined in the game of searching or… Read more

Identity politics

2 June 2010

The Unknown Nation: Australia After Empire by James Curran & Stuart Ward Melbourne University Press, $35.99, pp. 326, ISBN 9780522856453 In the past half-century, a lot of ingenuity and humdrum… Read more