Tuesday, June 13, 2017

New book recommendation: The Honest History Book

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The Honest History Book cover
A title of interest is The Honest History Book edited by David Stephens and Alison Broinowski.
 "Wars change people and they change countries - profoundly and intimately...Framing the experience, interrogating the events, the characters and the sometimes invisible forces at play are all crucial to identifying and making sense of the legacies ... Interrogating the past - honestly, critically, avoiding the traps of ahistoricism and sentimentality - is essential.

"A Honest History Book takes the next step.  It sets out the complications arising form the many threads of our national history that we need to know about and try to understand - the environment, immigration, and multiculturalism, the economy, the role of women, settler-Indigenous relations, and our long lingering ties to the monarchy and to large countries in the northern hemisphere ... This book downsizes ANZAC by giving it context.  It makes ANZAC relatively less important by deflating it and by making other strands of our history more important...The book explores some non-khaki strands of Australian History - the influences that have helped produce modern Australia - as well as some influences that have not been as prominent as they should have been."


The Honest History Book edited by David Stephens and Alison Broinowski. Call Number: 994.04 HON

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