Inventing Australia: Images and Identity, 1688-1980 by Richard White

By Richard White

'White units himself a so much bold job, and he is going remarkably a ways to reaching his ambitions. only a few books inform a lot approximately Australia, with splendor and concision, as does his' - Professor Michael Roe

'Stimulating and informative. an antidote to the cultural flinch' - Canberra Times

'To be Australian': what can that suggest? Inventing Australia units out to discover the solutions through tracing the pictures we now have used to explain our land and our humans - the convict hell, the workingman's paradise, the Bush legend, the 'typical' Australian from the shearer to the Bondi lifesaver, the land of chance, the small wealthy commercial nation, the multicultural society.

The e-book argues that those photos, instead of describing a particularly Australian truth, develop out of assumptions approximately nature, race, classification, democracy, intercourse and empire, and are 'invented' to serve the pursuits of specific groups.

There were many books approximately Australia's nationwide id; this can be the 1st to put the dialogue inside an old context to provide an explanation for how Australians' perspectives of themselves swap and why those perspectives swap within the method they do.

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