New Book 'Australia's Empire'

“Australia’s Empire” Edited by Deryck Schreuder

ISBN 9780199273737

Price AU$99.95 (google check other bookseller sites for $89.95)

A review in the Age by Jim Davidson (note contributors reference to Australian genocide) see:.

From Publishers website:

“Introduction: What Became of Australia’s Empire?, Deryck M. Schreuder and Stuart Ward; Part I Contact: The projection of empire; 1. The Saga of Captain Cook, Hobbles Danaiyarri; 2. Conquest, Alan Atkinson; 3. Settling the Land, Richard Waterhouse; 4. Indigenous Subjects, Ann Curthoys; 5. New Visions from Old: Art and the Environment, Anne Gray; Part II Dynamics: The instruments of empire; 6. Empire, State, Nation, John Hirst; 7. Migrations: The Career of White British Australia, Eric Richards; 8. Religion and Society, Hilary M. Carey; 9. Money: Trade, Investment and Economic Nationalism, Geoffrey Bolton; 10. Security: Defending Australia’s Empire, Stuart Ward; Part III Cultures: An imagined empire; 11. Monarchy: From Reverence to Indifference, Mark McKenna; 12. War and Commemoration: The Responsibility of Empire, Joy Damousi; 13. Gender and Sexuality, Angela Woollacott; 14. Popular Culture, Richard White and Hsu-Ming Teo; 15”

“This is the first major collaborative reappraisal of Australia’s experience of empire since the end of the British Empire itself. The volume examines the meaning and importance of empire in Australia across a broad spectrum of historical issues-ranging from the disinheritance of the Aborigines to the foundations of a new democratic state. The overriding theme is the distinctive Australian perspective on empire. The country’s adherence to imperial ideals and aspirations involved not merely the building of a ‘new Britannia’ but also the forging of a distinctive new culture and society. It was Australian interests and aspirations which ultimately shaped ‘Australia’s Empire’. While modern Australians have often played down the significance of their British imperial past, the contributors to this book argue that the legacies of empire continue to influence the temper and texture of Australian society today.”