Taylor, Tony: History in politics

Taylor, Tony

History in politics: neoconservative progressivism, knowledgeable ignorance and the origins of the next history war‘, History Australia, 10, 2, August 2013, pp. 227-40

This article outlines the relationship between neoconservative politics in Australia and history education. It categorises the neoconservative view of this relationship as first, one founded on an updated version of Whig progressivism and second, one founded on “knowledgeable ignorance”, arguing that a future Coalition government will almost certainly base its proposed reforms of history education on these misconceived approaches. (abstract)

There is an Honest History Factsheet here which summarises points of view. Taylor returns to the issue here.

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