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The use and abuse of Australian history

Author: Graeme Davison
Publisher: St. Leonards, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The past can inspire, console and condemn, sometimes all at once, but how do Australians use, and sometimes misuse, the past? What are the private and public purposes it serves, and what dangers attend its abuse?" "Graeme Davison has observed these debates at close quarters, as a historian and a commentator on national celebrations, heritage, museums and other forms of public history. The Use and Abuse of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Graeme Davison
ISBN: 1864487208 9781864487206
OCLC Number: 44895086
Description: vii, 326 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Preface1 Introduction: Australian history on the eve of the millennium2 The last hero? History and hero-worship3 Monumental history: Do statues (still) speak?4 The Great Voyage: National celebrations in three new lands5 Ancestors: The broken lineage of family history6 Heritage: From patrimony to pastiche7 Antiques, shrines and documents: What makes a building historic?8 Sacred sites: The battle for historic churches9 Living history: Touring the Australian past10 'A neglected history': Has school history lost the plot?11 Community: The uses of local history.12 Turbulent times: The historical vision of modern management13 'A vote, a rifle, a farm': Unnatural rights and invented histories14 Conclusion: Is history useful?NotesIndex
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