Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Book Recommendation: Australia Day 2014

Australia Day long weekend is upon us this week. The Cairns and Townsville library are closed from 5pm Friday 24th to 8am Tuesday 28th January, so borrow a book and enlighten yourself.

The library has numerous Australian history titles but an interesting recent title is 2013's "Australian History Now" edited by Anna Clarke and Paul Ashton. A summary of the book states:

Australian history has changed drastically over the last fifty years and has found itself at the centre of heated and consuming public debates. So how do historians themselves read this history? Where do they see themselves in these momentous shifts in historical reading and writing? With contributions from prominent historians including Marilyn Lake, Tom Griffiths, Peter Stanley and Ann Curthoys, Australian History Now offers revealing and refreshing accounts of the ways Australian historians think about the nation's past. Australian History Now is an engaging and often surprising introduction to the ways we understand and write our history in academic, popular and school books, argue about it in the media, present it in museums and watch it on television. At its heart it shows that the way we remember our past reflects how we see ourselves in the present.

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