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Looking for Australia (Paperback)

John Hirst

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Paperback. In these fascinating essays, John Hirst delves into Australia's history, politics and society. He considers whether Curtin was indeed our greatest prime minister and tells the story of how.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 288 pages. 0.350. Bookseller Inventory # 9781863954860

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Title: Looking for Australia (Paperback)

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

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In these fascinating essays, John Hirst delves into Australia s history, politics and society. He considers whether Curtin was indeed our greatest prime minister and tells the story of how Australia introduced the secret ballot and compulsory voting. He selects the best history books and explores the idea that Australian Rules has its origins in Aboriginal pastimes. He discusses the process of writing the official history for new citizens, reflects on Australia's past as a British dependency and its possible future as a republic. And he examines our convict legacy, its contribution to the national character, and our peculiar adoption of bushmen and bushrangers as popular heroes. This collection of writing is a companion and successor to the bestselling Sense & Nonsense in Australian History.

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John Hirst is a widely respected historian and social commentator. A former reader in history at La Trobe University, he is a member of the Film Australia Board and the National Museum council. He is the author of numerous books, including The Australians: Insiders and Outsiders on the National Character since 1770, Sense & Nonsense in Australian History, Freedom on the Fatal Shore: Australia's First Colony and The Shortest History of Europe.

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