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To constitute a nation : a cultural history of Australia's constitution / Helen Irving. (1997)

Authors: Irving, Helen.
Publisher:Cambridge ; Melbourne : Cambridge University Press,
Uniqueness:
  • There are 128 copies of this book in other libraries
  • and 93 copies of this specific edition.
Subjects:
Author:
  • Irving, Helen.
Content Types:
  • text
Carrier Types:
  • volume
Physical Description:
  • xii, 253 p. ; 24 cm.
Series:
  • Studies in Australian history.
  • Studies in Australian history.
  • Studies in Australian history (Cambridge University Press)
  • Studies in Australian history (Cambridge University Press)
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.
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
  • 11. The Federal Compact
  • App. Key Sections of the Constitution.
  • More...
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Notes:
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Recommended Reading HUMS 2011 2006
Language:
  • English
ISBN:
  • 0521584175 (alk. paper)
Dewey Number:
  • 306.2/‚Äč0994
Libraries Australia ID:
  • 14613221
  • 14613221
Contributed by:
  • Libraries Australia

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