What If?: Australian History as it Might Have Been

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Stuart Macintyre, Sean Scalmer
Melbourne University Press, 2006 - History - 293 pages
Providing a play on actual historical events versus possible ones, this fascinating volume asks leading Australian historians to wonder what might be if key episodes in Australia’s past had turned out differently. Re-imagining Australia’s environment, race relations, art, political life, and national identity, this title poses such questions as What if France had colonized part of Australia in the 18th century? What if the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps had played only a minor role in the Gallipoli landing in World War I? and What if Aborigines had been granted citizenship much earlier?

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p.p1 {margin- 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font- 11.0px 'Times New Roman'} p.p2 {margin- 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font- 11.0px 'Times New Roman'; min-height- 12.0px} Stuart Macintyre is Ernest Scott Professor of History, and Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne. His books include The History Wars; the edited collection The Historian's Conscience; A Colonial Liberalism; A History for a Nation; The Oxford History of Australia, volume 4; and The Reds- The Communist Party of Australia from Origins to Illegality.

Sean Scalmer is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Macquarie University. He is the author of Dissent Events, Australian Unionism- A Little History, and the co-author of Activist Wisdom.

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