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  1. The History Question - Chapter 4

    STORYTELLING AND HISTORY Humans have a natural talent for stories. They are the only animal ... up, and it could go on for hours. Naturally the parents (who were also academics) wanted to know what their daughter was saying to ... talked about many things. For example, she practised the past tense, which had been giving her trouble. But what she mainly did was make ... My personal conviction is that empirical critical history is not culture-bound; that there are historians of the critical kind in ... comparisons, it blinds us to particularities. But on the issue of the immeasurability of long-term consequences, the parallel is just. ... historians hold their tongue? This is a genuinely difficult question, and individuals have answered and will answer it differently. My own ... hear Kate Darian-Smith, distinguished editor of a special issue of Historical Studies titled “Challenging Histories” designed to find ...


  2. The History Question - Chapter 5

    MORALITY IN HISTORY: HOW SORRY CAN WE BE? In Sense & Nonsense in Australian History , John Hirst uses his essay “How Sorry Can We Be?” to declare his ... as a white man mourn over his land’s savagery in the past.  Hirst:  Let us label this the hard realist view of ... wench is dead.” Kipling’s view is that the child, the issue of the fornication, having had no voice in the business of his making, is ... He tells Protector Robinson he has recently shot five men who had been disturbing his cattle, and another he found suspiciously close to ... This is how Robinson understands what is happening:  Question: Where are the natives to go? the settlers or rather squatters do not ... them only yesterday. * Hirst’s essay pivots on the issue of the proper relationship between history and morality. He is against ...


  3. The History Question - Chapter 1

    THE HISTORY QUESTION Who Owns the Past Inga Clendinnen The “history wars” might be over, but history is in the news again because the ... a day when we bow our heads in remembrance but dare not question the myth.  For McKenna, the cult of Anzac Day demonstrates ...


  4. The History Question - Chapter 14

    ... was the result of a psephological snafu by ALP strategists who misdirected preferences, not a groundswell of support from a massive new ... that time I have never heard a single sermon on either issue, and I could count on one hand the number of times I have heard them ... in any congregation there is likely to be at least one woman who has had an abortion, and at least one person who battles gay inclinations, and there is no point in homiletically ... which is the problem here, but the sinister echo of past attempts to exploit psychiatry to stifle unpopular opinions. At the same ... phantasm) a docetic man. Bill James The History Question - Chapter 14 ...


  5. The History Question - Chapter 12

    ... thesis. The views represented are those of young people who share few political beliefs and who are not easily categorised. The three girls interviewed at the beginning ... of any social justice-based reform (a claim I seriously question); and the Family First Party appears wedded to giving preferences to ... of fear?  Perhaps churches, like unions, have over the past few decades been losing “paid-up” members while gaining constituents ... generation that has not had any Sunday School.  The question is whether these religious and lifestyle choices translate into ... to what this means for civil society. The Make Poverty History movement both here and overseas has been effective in increasing aid ... of Christ” in the culture. Tim Costello The History Question - Chapter 12 ...


  6. The History Question - Chapter 17

    ... here: the specialist work that focuses in detail on a single issue within a field, and the generalist essay that attempts to give a broad ... area that engaged their interest. Quite often in the past few years I have found myself remarking to friends and acquaintances on ... overlooked. Protestant theologians differ radically on the question of, for example, the Resurrection. Catholics have found justification ... currency, and its emotional potency for young people who, in increasing numbers, make pilgrimages to the Dardanelles, and I compare ... an immigrant – sometimes at great personal cost. Those who attack “moral relativism” and multiculturalism seem to be wilfully ... ‘fundamentalist’ and ‘right-wing’”? The question of whether I would have written an essay if I believed that “all or ... of religion and politics.  Amanda Lohrey The History Question - Chapter 17 ...


  7. Clivosaurus - Chapter 15

    ... Peter Sutton ‘My thoughts flash back to the warriors who fought the colonial invasion …’; ‘I cannot take my mind off William ... and as a person. It is time now to think more on the past, and, also, on what it is to be indigenous, on what it is to be an ... this occasion: I am not now concerned with the legal question [of indigenous relationships with territory]. I am concerned with the metaphysical question: the spiritual notion . This is why, in the essay, Noel is ... identity and the post-colonial self as an embodiment of history that is his concern. It is about feeling but it is even more about a thinking awareness of feeling. This is the hope for those who endure troubled and anxious times about who or what they are. One thing ... exotic. Like the dead, we who are getting older belong to history as well as to the now. The idea of the classical world as a rich ...


  8. Political Amnesia: Chapter 1

    ... We Forgot How to Govern Laura Tingle THE DANGEROUS PAST June 2015. Clouds are scudding across a pale, bright winter sky on the ... is now sixteen and fretting about a looming Ancient History exam as we travel through a landscape of silvery gums and naked poplar ... the Optimates and Populares , the returning legions who have been promised land, the tax collectors, the Rubicon, the marriages, ... cannot. This essay takes a different tack in considering a question that leaves so many of us perplexed: why is our politics unable to ... by a conscious analysis of what might have changed since the issue was last considered. This thought first struck me a few years ago ... ride through office. In 2012 child care suddenly became the issue of the day. The prime minister called an “emergency child-care ...


  9. Sending Them Home - Chapter 11

    ... a wonderfully subtle and authoritative knitting together of past events and present concerns. But there seems to be something missing in ... unproblematic account of the uses of power. Anyone who has taken any notice of the current History Wars must be aware that imperial power, as a force for both good and evil, is a mightily vexed issue among Australians. In Malouf’s essay it doesn’t sound vexed at all. The History Wars, toxic and superficial as they have often been, highlight the moral complexity of the Australian past. If we can move beyond caricatures of Britishness and empire – and ... done a great deal to that end – surely Anglo-Australian history looks like a substantial tragedy. Not all evil, of course. The ...


  10. A Rightful Place - Chapter 3

    ... island of Tasmania in the early 1800s by European settlers, who hunted down and killed most of the primitive people who lived there. To emphasise the reaction of these people, Frank said, ... for all Aborigines, but it certainly is for me, to read this history with a historian’s dispassionate objectivity and without the ... about the enormity of the loss she represented, and the history that led to it? Her spirit casts a long shadow over Australian history, ... of extinction, seemed to lessen the imperative to face the question of Truganini’s moral legacy. Maybe the scale of the horror ... like me, struggle to work out how we might deal with the past. The cult of forgetfulness I had hoped to avoid the past – ... books. In the acknowledgments of An Indelible Stain? The Question of Genocide in Australian History (2001), Reynolds tellingly ...