What If?: Australian History as It Might Have Been

Overview

Providing a play on actual historical events versus possible ones, this fascinating volume asks leading Australian historians to wonder what might be if key episodes in Australia’s past had turned out differently. Re-imagining Australia’s environment, race relations, art, political life, and national identity, this title poses such questions as What if France had colonized part of Australia in the 18th century? What if the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps had played only a minor role in the Gallipoli ...

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Overview

Providing a play on actual historical events versus possible ones, this fascinating volume asks leading Australian historians to wonder what might be if key episodes in Australia’s past had turned out differently. Re-imagining Australia’s environment, race relations, art, political life, and national identity, this title poses such questions as What if France had colonized part of Australia in the 18th century? What if the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps had played only a minor role in the Gallipoli landing in World War I? and What if Aborigines had been granted citizenship much earlier?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780522851748
  • Publisher: Melbourne University Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Stuart Macintyre is the Ernest Scott Professor of History and a laureate professor at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of several titles, including A Colonial Liberalism, A History for a Nation, and The Oxford History of Australia. Sean Scalmer is a sociology lecturer at Macquarie University. He is the author of Australian Unionism and Dissent Events.

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Table of Contents


Contributors     vii
Abbreviations     viii
Introduction   Sean Scalmer     1
Statecraft
What if Tasmania had become French?   Jim Davidson     15
What if Alfred Deakin had made a declaration of Australian independence?   Marilyn Lake     29
What if Federation had failed in 1900?   Helen Irving     44
What if New South Wales had not paid parliamentarians until after Federation?   Frank Bongiorno     67
What if the federal government had created a model Aboriginal state?   Tim Rowse     89
What if Australia's baptism of fire had occurred at the Cocos Islands?   Stuart Macintyre     115
What if Whitlam had won another opportunity to implement his program?   James Walter     138
Society and Culture
What if there had been a school of figure painting in colonial Sydney?   Virginia Spate     163
What if Aborigines had never been assimilated?   Peter Read     187
What if the attempted assassination of Arthur Calwell had been successful?   Sean Scalmer     212
What if the northern rivers had been turned inland?   Tom Griffiths   Tim Sherratt     234
What if a men's movement had triumphed in the 1970s?   Ann Curthoys     255
Notes     272
Index     288
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