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Sense & Nonsense in Australian History

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John Hirst

John Hirst was a member of the History Department at La Trobe University from 1968 to 2007. He has written many books on Australian history, including Convict Society and Its Enemies, The Strange Birth of Colonial Democracy, The Sentimental …

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Praise for Sense & Nonsense in Australian History

Sense & Nonsense in Australian History is an entertaining collection of essays which deserves to be read, re-read and debated by Australians interested in national identity.’ —Lyndon Megarrity, Overland


‘Hirst’s fine discriminations and historical digging helps us understand why Australia is one of the oldest and most stable democracies in the world’ —Age


‘Essential reading for those who want to ponder, let alone write and teach about, Australian history’ —Robert Murray, Weekend Australian


‘A stimulating and engaging contribution to current debates over Australian history’ —Bulletin

‘One of Australia’s most productive historians’ —Ross Fitzgerald, Sydney Morning Herald


‘John Hirst is the gadfly of Australian history, stinging and provocative’ —Stuart Macintyre

‘One of the nation's most independent and original historians’ —Geoffrey Blainey

‘A powerful controversialist … a brilliant historian’ —Australian Book Review


‘Punchy, learned, witty’ —Canberra Times


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