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British Imperialism and Australian Nationalism

British Imperialism and Australian Nationalism
Manipulation, Conflict and Compromise in the Late Nineteenth Century


Part of Studies in Australian History

  • Author: Luke Trainor, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Date Published: November 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521436045

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  • This book examines the relationship of the Australian colonies with Britain and Empire in the late nineteenth century, and looks at the first murmurings of Australian nationalism. It is the first detailed study of the formative period 1880–1900. The book argues that many of the features of the British Empire at this time can be seen in the British-Australian connection. Luke Trainor shows that the interests of British imperialism were greatly advanced in Australia in the 1880s because of the increased involvement of British capital in Australia. And while British imperialism tolerated some Australian nationalism, this nationalism was highly masculine in character, was based on dispossession of the Aborigines and encouraged sub-imperialism in the Pacific. As we approach the centenary of the Australian Constitution and debate about an Australian republic becomes more heated, this book is a timely re-examination of the colonial character of Australia's federation and Australia's incorporation into an imperial framework.

    • Topical - Australia's relationship with Britain is being re-assessed and an Australian republic is seen as inevitable, people are interested in comparing 1890s and 1990s
    • First detailed study of formative period 1880–1900 in Australia using extensive British and Australian sources
    • Of interest to all Commonwealth scholars
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521436045
    • length: 234 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • contains: 19 b/w illus. 4 maps 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Years 1880–6:
    1. The search for a safe federation
    2. The imperial defence ideology
    3. The Anglo-Australian system in the Pacific
    4. The empire of commerce
    5. The empire of commerce
    Part II. The Years 1887–94:
    6. Whose nation?
    7. Race: idea and practice
    8. Federalism and defence
    9. Imperial and colonial trade
    10. British loans: Australian depression
    11. London and Australia - the great strikes
    Part III. The Years 1895–1900:
    12. Sinews of war
    13. Federating in a white world
    Part IV. Perspectives:
    14. Historical writings - national and imperial
    15. Imperialism: towards a workable model

  • Author

    Luke Trainor, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

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