Hearn, Mark: Writing the nation

Hearn, Mark

‘Writing the nation in Australia : Australian historians and narrative myths of nation’, Stefan Berger, ed., Writing the Nation: A Global Perspective, Palgrave Macmillan, London 2007, pp 103-25

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surveys a range of culturally influential twentieth-century Australian national histories [from Ernest Scott to Keith Windschuttle] that have embraced or challenged myths of national identity and nation-building… Successive generations of Australian historians have grappled with the themes of mateship and egalitarianism, White Australia, and masculine struggles of progress and sacrifice in war… The Australian national narrative is intensely contested. (pp. 103-4, 121)

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