Nationalism, Britishness and Australian history: the Meaney thesis revisited

Waters, Christopher 2013, Nationalism, Britishness and Australian history: the Meaney thesis revisited, History Australia, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 12-22.

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Title Nationalism, Britishness and Australian history: the Meaney thesis revisited
Author(s) Waters, Christopher
Journal name History Australia
Volume number 10
Issue number 3
Start page 12
End page 22
Total pages 11
Publisher Monash University Publishing
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1449-0854
Keyword(s) Australian History
Summary In 2001 Neville Meaney published a landmark article which questioned the place of nationalism in Australian historiography. He argued that up to the 1960s Britishness, not nationalism, was the hegemonic marker of identity for Australians, and warned that nationalist historians had fallen into the trap of writing their histories through nationalism’s own teleological imperative. This article revisits Meaney’s hegemonic claim for the role of Britishness in Australian history by arguing that he went too far. By leeching out nationalism as an ideology at play in Australian politics in the mid-twentieth century historians are in danger of taking Australian history out of its world historical context: the Age of Decolonisation.
Language eng
Field of Research 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Socio Economic Objective 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2013
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