The Rise of the Insider

Memoirs and Diaries in Recent Australian Political History

Sean Scalmer*

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The memoirs and diaries composed by politicians represent an increasingly important form of history. This article provides a comprehensive survey of such writings in Australia. It suggests that they have become more popular, diffuse, confessional, immediate, ambitious, interventionist and cynical over recent decades. The significance of these developments is considered and some tentative explanations advanced.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-104
Number of pages23
JournalAustralian Journal of Politics and History
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010

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