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Australia’s Empire

Deryck Schreuder and Stuart Ward


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 w ... More

Keywords: Australia, British Empire, Aborigines, imperial ideals, culture, society, British imperial past

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199563739
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563739.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Deryck Schreuder, author
Visiting Professor, The University of Sydney

Stuart Ward, author
Associate Professor, Institute of English, German, and Romance Studies, Copenhagen University