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A few good quotes; Australia interpreted through the methodology of writing a general history (book review)

Quanchi, Max (2002) A few good quotes; Australia interpreted through the methodology of writing a general history (book review). Social Alternatives, 21(2), pp. 78-80.

Abstract

There has been a relative flood of general histories in the last few years, not necessarily prompted by the new millennium or the commemoration of federation. Mark Peel did it in a mere 10000 words in 1997 in A little history of Australia, while Graeme Davison, John Hirst and Stuart McIntyre took 716 pages to edit The Oxford Companion to Australian history in 1998. Michael Cathcart managed to abridge Manning Clark’s six volume history into one in 1997 while Stuart Mcinytre’s A concise history of Australia is currently sitting in shopping mall book shops beside Phillip Knightley’s Australia; a biography of a nation and the reprint of Manning Clark’s A Short History of Australia originally published in 1963. What is the motivation behind their compilation and continuing marketability and what makes a good general history?

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ID Code: 546
Item Type: Review
Additional Information: Book review of David Day, Claiming a nation. This version is longer than the published version. For more information about this journal please refer to the publisher website (link above).
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Keywords: History, Australia
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300) > Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) (210303)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 (Please consult author)
Deposited On: 04 Oct 2007
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2012 19:44

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