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To constitute a nation : a cultural history of Australia's constitution / Helen Irving
Bib ID 49002
Format BookBook
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Irving, Helen
 
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Description Cambridge, U.K. ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1997 
xiii, 253 p. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 0521584175 (alkaline paper) (hardback)
Series

Studies in Australian history

Summary

The men who drafted the Australian Constitution in the 1890s may have thought that they were filling in blank pages, but in fact those pages were already inscribed with the dominant values and ideas of the times. This imaginative and resonant book looks at the Constitution as a cultural artefact and attempts to understand the period during which it emerged, culminating in Federation in 1901. The book argues that Australians displayed an ability to reconcile the demands of pragmatism with the spirit of romanticism in constituting their nation.

Full contents
  • 1. Colonial Nuptials
  • 2. The Imaginary Nation
  • 3. Imagined Constitutions
  • 4. Models For a Nation
  • 5. Things Properly Federal
  • 6. White Australians
  • 7. Australian Natives
  • 8. The People
  • 9. Citizens
  • 10. Half the Nation
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 240-248) and index.

Subjects Political culture - Australia - History.  |  National characteristics, Australian.  |  Australia - Constitutional history.  |  Australia - Politics and government.

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