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Deryck Schreuder and Stuart Ward

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199563739

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563739.001.0001

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Empire, State, Nation

Empire, State, Nation

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Australia’s Empire

John Hirst

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This chapter examines the central issue of governance and the formation of the Australian State. It argues that 19th-century liberalism and the mythological version of British history provided the foundations of the Australian polity even before it achieved self-government in the 1850s. It contends that the unravelling of Empire and Britishness since the 1960s has left a legacy of British institutions, grafted onto Australian experience but without the history and myth to explain and sustain them.

Keywords:   colonial governance, Australia, state formation, Britishness, liberalism, Australian polity

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