The Captive Republic: A History of Republicanism in Australia, 1788-1996

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This first comprehensive history of republican thought and activity in Australia traces debate around an Australian republic from 1788 to the present. It explains the pivotal role played by republican philosophies, both before and after federation, and illustrates the striking similarities between the arguments of both republicans and monarchists in the 1990s and those that existed 150 years ago. Essential reading for all those with an interest in political and intellectual history. It fills a large gap in ...

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Overview

This first comprehensive history of republican thought and activity in Australia traces debate around an Australian republic from 1788 to the present. It explains the pivotal role played by republican philosophies, both before and after federation, and illustrates the striking similarities between the arguments of both republicans and monarchists in the 1990s and those that existed 150 years ago. Essential reading for all those with an interest in political and intellectual history. It fills a large gap in Australian history and will become the essential work on Australian republicanism.

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"McKenna's book is essential reading for students of the comparative history of republicanism who wish to understand how little can hide under a noble concept." Alastair Davidson, American Historical Review

"This is an excellent book. While it is essential reading for anyone who wishes to know the context of the current debate over republicanism in Australia, the book raises much broader issues about the development of self-government, political independence and national identity in settler societies. The book is written in a lively and informative style and combines wide historical knowledge with the ability to marshal information to illustrate specific themes and ideas. McKenna has produced one of the best things to have come out of Australia's current debate over republicanism." Campbell Sharman, Pacific Affairs

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521576185
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Series: Studies in Australian History Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The piratical republic: 1788–1833; 2. The stockmen's republic: 1833–1848; 3. The last resort: 1848–1856; 4. Bunyip aristocracy; 5. A Victorian republic; 6. Quieta non movere: 1856–1880; 7. A white man's republic: 1880–1887; 8. Nation and republic: 1887–1891; 9. The common weal - republicanism and Federation; 10. The Imperial mardi gras: 1901–1963; 11. The end of the affair: 1963–1995.

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