Keith Hancock

Keith Hancock : The Legacies of an Historian

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Sir Keith Hancock KBE (1898-1984) was the most distinguished scholar in the humanities and social sciences to have been born and to have worked in Australia. He was a graduate of the University of Melbourne, a Rhodes Scholar and the first Australian Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He successively held History chairs at the universities of Adelaide, Birmingham, Oxford and London and at the Australian National University. Aged 32 he published his Australia (London, 1930), still the single most striking commentary on this country, many of whose aphorisms have percolated through into numerous other writings. Aged 74 he published his last major work, Discovering Monaro- A Study of Man s Impact on the Environment (Cambridge, 1972), which was arguably the primary fillip to the study of Australian environmental history to this day. The main chapters of this book discuss, largely in sequence, the major books that he wrote, the fields with which he dealt, and the directions these have taken since he did so. They revisit an extraordinary series of creative achievements while providing an introduction to the work of an exceptional Australian scholar. The book wishow more

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 134.6 x 213.4 x 20.3mm | 430.92g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • 0522849385
  • 9780522849387

About D. A. Low

Anthony Low currently works in the Director's Section of the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University. His most recent books are The Egalitarian Moment- Asia and Africa 1950 1980 (1996) and Britain and Indian Nationalism- The Imprint of Ambiguity 1929 1942 (1997).show more

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