Australia's Empire

Deryck M. Schreuder* (Editor), Stuart Ward (Editor)

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    This book reappraises Australia's experience of empire since the end of the British Empire. The volume examines the meaning and importance of empire in Australia across a broad spectrum of historical issues - ranging from the disinheritance of the Aborigines to the foundations of a new democratic state. The overriding theme is the distinctive Australian perspective on empire. The country's adherence to imperial ideals and aspirations involved not merely the building of a 'new Britannia' but also the forging of a distinctive new culture and society. It was Australian interests and aspirations which ultimately shaped 'Australia's Empire'. While modern Australians have often played down the significance of their British imperial past, the chapters in this book argue that the legacies of empire continue to influence the temper and texture of Australian society today.

    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationOxford
    PublisherOxford University Press
    Number of pages440
    ISBN (Electronic)9780191701894
    ISBN (Print)9780199563739, 9780199273737
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

    Publication series

    NameOxford History of the British Empire Companion Series


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