This book examines the relationship of the Australian colonies with Britain and the Empire in the late nineteenth century, and looks at the beginnings of Australian nationalism. It is the first detailed study of the formative period 1880-1900. As the debate about an Australian Republic becomes more heated, this book is a timely reexamination of the colonial character of Australia's federation and Australia's incorporation into an imperial framework.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Part I. The Years 1880-6: 1. The search for a safe federation; 2. The imperial defence ideology; 3. The Anglo-Australian system in the Pacific; 4. The empire of commerce; 5. The empire of commerce; Part II. The Years 1887-94: 6. Whose nation?; 7. Race: idea and practice; 8. Federalism and defence; 9. Imperial and colonial trade; 10. British loans: Australian depression; 11. London and Australia - the great strikes; Part III. The Years 1895-1900: 12. Sinews of war; 13. Federating in a white world; Part IV. Perspectives: 14. Historical writings - national and imperial; 15. Imperialism: towards a workable model; Notes; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.
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"Trainor's writing is succinct and knowledgeable....It is entirely to [his] credit that his volume scans so many dark areas so clearly and judiciously." American Historical Review
"...Trainor has provided us with a thoughtful and innovative study of the white colonial mentalite^D in the context of the gathering tensions of the late nineteenth-century world." International History Review
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