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This first comprehensive history of republican thought and activity in Australia traces debate around an Australian republic from 1788 to the present. It explains the pivotal role played by republican philosophies, both before and after federation, and illustrates the striking similarities between the arguments of both republicans and monarchists in the 1990s and those that existed 150 years ago. Essential reading for all those with an interest in political and intellectual history. It fills a large gap in Australian history and will become the essential work on Australian republicanism.Read more
- Comprehensive study of republicanism in Australia
- Author's work well known, book was long awaited
- Accessible style, book also has a strong narrative
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"McKenna's book is essential reading for students of the comparative history of republicanism who wish to understand how little can hide under a noble concept." Alastair Davidson, American Historical ReviewSee more reviews
"This is an excellent book. While it is essential reading for anyone who wishes to know the context of the current debate over republicanism in Australia, the book raises much broader issues about the development of self-government, political independence and national identity in settler societies. The book is written in a lively and informative style and combines wide historical knowledge with the ability to marshal information to illustrate specific themes and ideas. McKenna has produced one of the best things to have come out of Australia's current debate over republicanism." Campbell Sharman, Pacific Affairs
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- Date Published: January 1998
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521576185
- length: 352 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
- weight: 0.52kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. The piratical republic:
2. The stockmen's republic:
3. The last resort:
4. Bunyip aristocracy
5. A Victorian republic
6. Quieta non movere:
7. A white man's republic:
8. Nation and republic:
9. The common weal - republicanism and Federation
10. The Imperial mardi gras:
11. The end of the affair:
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