Australia's Empire

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Deryck Marshall Schreuder, Deryck Schreuder, Stuart Ward
OUP Oxford, Feb 7, 2008 - History - 419 pages
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's adherence 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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Contents

The Saga of Captain Cook
27
Conquest
33
Settling the Land
54
Indigenous Subjects
78
Art and the Environment New Visions from Old
103
DYNAMICS THE INSTRUMENTS OF EMPIRE
139
Empire State Nation
141
Migrations The Career of British White Australia
163
Security Defending Australias Empire
232
CULTURES THE CONCEPTION OF EMPIRE
259
Monarchy From Reverence to Indifference
261
War and Commemoration The Responsibility of Empire
288
Gender and Sexuality
312
Popular Culture
336
In Historys Page Identity and Myth
363
After Empire
389

Religion and Society
186
Money Trade Investment and Economic Nationalism
211

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Em Professor Deryck M Schreuder (D Phil, Oxon: FAHA FRHS LL D) is currently Chair of the Australian Universities' Quality Agency and previously Vice Chancellor of two Australian universities, President of the Australian Vice Chancellors' Committee, and President of the Australian Academy ofthe Humanities and the Australian Historical Association. An Oxford Rhodes Scholar, he was a founding Professor in History at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario and 4th Challis Professor of History in The University of Sydney. He has published widely in British imperial and colonialstudies.Professor Stuart Ward (Ph.D., Sydney) holds an Associate Professorship at the University of Copenhagen, and is currently a visiting researcher at the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies in London. He is the author of Australia and the British Embrace: The Demise of the Imperial Ideal (2001);and he has edited British Culture and the End of Empire (2001). He is co-editing a documentary history of Australia's changing ties to Britain in the decolonisation era, as well as researching a major study of 'The End of Greater Britain'.

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