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Australia's Empire by Deryck M. Schreuder
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Australia's Empire (2008)

by Deryck M. Schreuder (Editor), Stuart Ward (Editor)

Other authors: Alan Atkinson (Contributor), Geoffrey Bolton (Contributor), Hilary M. Carey (Contributor), Ann Curthoys (Contributor), Joy Damousi (Contributor)11 more, Hobbles Danaiyarri (Contributor), Anne Gray (Contributor), John Hirst (Contributor), Mark McKenna (Contributor), Neville Meaney (Contributor), Eric Richards (Contributor), Hsu-Ming Teo (Contributor), Stuart Ward (Contributor), Richard Waterhouse (Contributor), Richard White (Contributor), Angela Woollacott (Contributor)

Series: Oxford History of the British Empire Companion Series (2008), Oxford Histories

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In the end both Australia’s Empire and Canada and the British Empire contain many thoughtful contributions. Their best essays are excellent. Yet collectively they struggle to fulfil their goal of restoring empire to its rightful place in Australian and Canadian history.
 
Finally, since the idea of white Australia was primal throughout the British period, Schreuder and Ward comment that there is a real problem in disentangling the defining characteristics of the "old Australia" from its sustaining race-based assumptions. So perhaps India had it relatively easy. Once decolonisation occurred, the country could face its future unambiguously. Daily we are witnessing the result. The process is more complex for an old dominion; we are not even in the habit of seeing ourselves as a successor state. Until we do, there will always be a lack of urgency about the challenges before us. The flag described by Jerry Seinfeld as "Britain by night" still flies over what, to onlookers, can seem little more than a lifestyle.
 

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Schreuder, Deryck M.Editorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ward, StuartEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Atkinson, AlanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bolton, GeoffreyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carey, Hilary M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Curthoys, AnnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Damousi, JoyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Danaiyarri, HobblesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gray, AnneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hirst, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McKenna, MarkContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Meaney, NevilleContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Richards, EricContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Teo, Hsu-MingContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ward, StuartContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Waterhouse, RichardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
White, RichardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 019956373X, Paperback)

This is the first major collaborative reappraisal of Australia's experience of empire since the end of the British Empire itself.

The volume examines the meaning and importance of empire in Australia across a broad spectrum of historical issues-ranging from the disinheritance of the Aborigines to the foundations of a new democratic state. The overriding theme is the distinctive Australian perspective on empire. The country's adherence to imperial ideals and aspirations involved not merely the building of a 'new Britannia' but also the forging of a distinctive new culture and society. It was Australian interests and aspirations which ultimately shaped 'Australia's Empire'.

While modern Australians have often played down the significance of their British imperial past, the contributors to this book argue that the legacies of empire continue to influence the temper and texture of Australian society today.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:34:52 -0400)

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Summary: "The volume examines the meaning and importance of empire in Australia across a broad spectrum of historical issues - ranging from the disinheritance of the Aborigines to the foundations of a new democratic state. The overriding theme is the distinctive Australian perspective on empire. The country's adherence to imperial ideals and aspirations involved not merely the building of a 'new Britannia' but also the forging of a distinctive new culture and society. It was Australian interests and aspirations which ultimately shaped 'Australia's Empire'."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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