The Unknown Nation

The Unknown Nation

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The Unknown Nation is an illuminating history of Australia's putative 'search' for national identity.James Curran and Stuart Ward document how the receding ties of empire and Britishness posed an unprecedented dilemma as Australians lost their traditional ways of defining themselves as a people.With the sudden disappearance in the 1960s and 1970s of the familiar coordinates of the British world, Australians were cast into the realm of the unknown. The task of remodelling the national image touched every aspect of Australian life where identifiably British ideas, habits and symbols-from foreign relations to the national anthem-had grown obsolete. But how to celebrate Australia's past achievements and present aspirations became a source of public controversy as community leaders struggled to find the appropriate language and rhetoric to invoke a new era.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 26mm | 458.13g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • 0522856454
  • 9780522856453
  • 523,260

About James Curran

James Curran is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Sydney. He is the author of The Power of Speech- Australian Prime Ministers Defining the National Image (2004) and a former analyst at the Office of National Assessments. In 2010 he is the Fulbright Professional Scholar in Australia-US Alliance Studies at Georgetown University, Washington DC.Stuart Ward is Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen. He is the author of Australia and the British Embrace- The Demise of the Imperial Ideal (2001) and editor of Australia's Empire (with Deryck M Schreuder, 2008). In 2008-09 he was Keith Cameron Chair of Australian History, University College Dublin.show more

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"Curran and Ward have written an important, serious book about Australia's learning to stand on her own two feet." --"Canberra Times"show more

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