Hearn, Mark: Writing the nation in Australia

Mark Hearn

‘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

[The article] 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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