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To Constitute a Nation: A Cultural History of Australia's Constitution

To Constitute a Nation: A Cultural History of Australia's Constitution

by Helen Irving
     
 

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This imaginative and resonant book looks at the constitution as a cultural artifact. Irving looks beyond the well-known events, places and figures to locate federation and the constitution in the context of broader social, political and cultural changes. Despite its paradoxical construction, there is something uniquely Australian about the constitution, and it

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This imaginative and resonant book looks at the constitution as a cultural artifact. Irving looks beyond the well-known events, places and figures to locate federation and the constitution in the context of broader social, political and cultural changes. Despite its paradoxical construction, there is something uniquely Australian about the constitution, and it marked a utopian moment as the old century gave way to the new. Irving analyzes the background and outcomes of the recent Constitutional Convention and considers its significance for Australia's future. A new chapter covers the development of the constitution in the twentieth century.

Editorial Reviews

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"The book brings out the voices of minorities and women and the flavor of the times." Choice

"This is a challenging and suggestive book. The analysis is intelligent and imaginative, the prose elegant and engaging." Bruce Scates, American Historical Review

"This is a wise and thoughtful book about a much explored process and its resulting document, and it is a tribute to her historical acumen that Irving is so persuasive in her interpretation." Pacific Affairs

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521668972
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/13/1999
Series:
Studies in Australian History Series
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
257
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

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From the Publisher
"The book brings out the voices of minorities and women and the flavor of the times." Choice

"This is a challenging and suggestive book. The analysis is intelligent and imaginative, the prose elegant and engaging." Bruce Scates, American Historical Review

"This is a wise and thoughtful book about a much explored process and its resulting document, and it is a tribute to her historical acumen that Irving is so persuasive in her interpretation." Pacific Affairs

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