... an impressive book, adventurous in conception, and packed with challenging essays, several verging on sheer brilliance. The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs ...a timely re-evaluation of the influences that helped shape modern-day Australia...a fascinating companion to the Oxford History of the Brritish Empire that should engage students and academics alike and all those interested in contemporary Australia and the shadow of its colonial past. Lucy Popescu, Tribune This is an important book. It will be seen by many readers as challenging or stimulating...To my knowledge this theme, so wide in its span, has not previously been attempted with such comprehensiveness Geoffrey Blainey, The Australian Newspaper It is part of the unfashionability of the topic that nothing on quite this scale has been attempted since the 1930s. The editors have marshalled an impressive array of talent... [to produce] a fine volume Jim Davidson, The Age Newspaper Deryck Schreuder and Stuart Ward, are both recognised authorities on the subject, and both have done work beyond Australia that enables them to appreciate its distinctive characteristics. The contributors include leading historians who develop their topics with assurance...Together with the editorial introduction and epilogue, these make a persuasive case for bringing the imperial dimension back into Australian historiography Stuart MacIntyre, The Australian Book Review a very fine collection of essays which does a great deal to further our understanding of the central place of the Empire in Australia's history. It deserves to be widely read and debated. Christopher Waters, Labour History
About the Author
Deryck Schreuder is Visiting Professor at The University of Sydney. Stuart Ward is Associate Professor, at the Institute of English, German, and Romance Studies, at Copenhagen University.
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