Quarterly Essay 69: Moment of Truth: History and Australia’s Future

Mark McKenna

Quarterly Essay 69: Moment of Truth: History and Australia's Future
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Quarterly Essay 69: Moment of Truth: History and Australia’s Future

Mark McKenna

Judging by the Captain Cook statue controversy, though, our debates about the past have never been more fruitless. Is there a way beyond the history wars that began under John Howard? And in an age of free-floating fears about the global, digital future, is history any longer relevant, let alone equal to the task of grounding the nation?

In this inspiring essay, Mark McKenna considers the frontier, the Anzac legacy and deep time. He drags some fascinating new scholarship into the light, and pushes the debate about history beyond the familiar polarities.

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