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From the Ruins of Colonialism

From the Ruins of Colonialism

History as Social Memory

By Chris Healy (University of Melbourne)

Paperback / softback | ISBN 9780521565769

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From the Ruins of Colonialism throws new light on history, social memory and colonialism. The book charts how films, books and storytelling, public commemoration and instruction have, in a strange ensemble, created something we call Australian history. It considers key moments of historical imagination, including Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal histories of Captain Cook, school-histories and museum exhibitions, and the gendering of events such as the Eureka Stockade and the shipwreck of Eliza Fraser. Chris Healy argues that the way in which the past is constructed in the public imagination raises pressing questions. He describes the predicament of European Australians who imagined a continent 'without history' while themselves being obsessed with history. He asks: what can history mean in a postcolonial society? This book seeks a new sense of remembering. Rather than being content with a culture of amnesia or facile nostalgia, it makes the case for learning to belong in the ruins of colonial histories. Chris Healy's investigation of historical cultures and narratives is innovative and stimulating; it is a powerful statement for historical imagination in our times.


Format: Paperback / softback
ISBN: 9780521565769
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 260
Width (mm): 152
Height (mm): 229
Depth (mm): 15

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