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The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume V: Historiography$
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Robin Winks

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205661

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205661.001.0001

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Australia and the Empire

Australia and the Empire

(p.163) 9 Australia and the Empire
The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume V: Historiography

Stuart Macintyre

Oxford University Press

A survey of the British Empire in Australian historiography must work from an earlier literature that was explicitly occupied with Imperial and colonial relations to a later and far more diffuse literature in which Imperial issues are barely recognized. Elsewhere, the study of Empire has itself taken on the new historiographical methods: much recent work has shifted from high politics to the presence of Imperial effects in metropolitan culture, from networks of powerful men to the differentiated experience of imperialism among women and children, and from material practices to the inscription of the colonial condition in discourse. Some of this work has been carried out in Australia, but little of it has been taken up by Australian historians. From the late 1960s, a series of challenges were issued to the triumphal nationalism. The Imperial dimension of Australian history is shown in this chapter. Until the lingering effects of the colonial condition are finally expunged to Australia's satisfaction, the Empire is not likely to find acceptance in its future historiography.

Keywords:   British Empire, Australia, Australian historiography, politics, metropolitan culture, imperialism, nationalism

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