The History Wars / Edition 2

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This reissue of a highly controversial book examines how a nation's history is always open to interpretation and chronicles various battling viewpoints observed in infamy by many Australians. A detailed summary of the relationships between historians, cultural critics, and major social figures, this work records fascinating stories such as historian Manning Clark's public exposure as a Soviet agent, the ferocious parliamentary debate on immigration sparked by historian Geoffrey Blainey, and the story of editor Robert Manne's defense of indigenous Australians. This new edition includes a new chapter by the authors, as well as a new foreword exploring the book's relevance in its original publication.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780522851281
  • Publisher: Melbourne University Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Stuart Macintyre is the Ernest Scott Professor of History and the dean of arts and Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of A Colonial Liberalism, A History for a Nation, The Oxford History of Australia, and The Reds. Anna Clark is a doctoral student at the University of Melbourne. Sir Anthony Mason is the former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia.

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Table of Contents

1 History under fire 1
2 What do historians do? 14
3 What do they say? 31
4 The historian under fire : Manning Clark 50
5 The historian betrayed : Geoffrey Blainey 72
6 Bicentenary battles 93
7 'Relaxed and comfortable' 119
8 Frontier conflict 142
9 What do they teach our children? 171
10 Working through the museum's labels 191
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