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The 'little empire of Wybalenna': Becoming Colonial in Australia


Johnston, A, The 'little empire of Wybalenna': Becoming Colonial in Australia, Journal of Australian Studies, 28, (81) pp. 17-31. ISSN 1444-3058 (2004) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/14443050409387935


The colonial past is hot property in Australian public life at present. Debates throughout the 1990s about 'black armband' history versus 'white blindfold' history, about histories of land use and ownership, and about what constitutes 'mainstream' Australian historical scholarship seem to have coalesced in the arguments surrounding Keith Windschuttle's publications. In this most recent set of history wars, some Australian historians seem to feel under siege.' Others, as Nicolas Rothwell suggests, see this as a breath oflife for the discipline, reasserting the centrality of history even as it calls into question the authority and reliability ofhistorians." These debates draw such heat because they are ultimately about the relationship between the colonial past and what might be called the 'postcolonial' present. It is at once a debate about history as a discipline and a debate about how historical understandings affect our present: as Graeme Davison suggests, history has become 'a bone of national contention'P Ifarguments about 'the past' are those we can

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Literary studies
Research Field:Australian literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literature)
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Johnston, A (Associate Professor Anna Johnston)
ID Code:32267
Year Published:2004
Deposited By:English, Journalism and European Languages
Deposited On:2004-08-01
Last Modified:2011-10-12
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