Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Australia’s Empire$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 17 January 2021

Empire, State, Nation

Empire, State, Nation

Chapter:
(p.140) (p.141) 6 Empire, State, Nation
Source:
Australia’s Empire
Author(s):

John Hirst

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563739.003.0006

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

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .