Flag and Nation: Australians and Their National Flags Since 1901

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University of New South Wales Press, 2006 - History - 176 pages
For too long Australians have lacked an authoritative text that explains their division over the national flag, especially the Union Jack which it honours. Flag and Nation reveals by examining a wide range of evidence, including many illustrations, the politics of patriotism behind Australians' continuing transition from British to Australian national symbols since 1901. It presents a hot topic stoked with controversy (e.g. after race riots in Cronulla in December 2005 paraded the Australian flag as an icon of exclusion). Its readily accessible text and full-colour lavish illustrations will appeal to a wide range of readers, including students of Australian History, Australian Studies, Civics and Citizenship Education, History of Education. Opinions about the flag have been shaped by the two protagonists in the flag debate: Ausflag, which seeks a new national flag; and the Australian National Flag Association, which promotes the current one. The book explains, using a wide range of illustrations, why Australians retained the Union Jack as their national flag for so long after federation in 1901, why the change was made in 1954, and why Australians are now debating further change. involves religion, culture and education. This book is the first documented history of Australians' use of their national flags. It explains Australians' continuing transition from British to Australian national symbols since 1901 and the politics of patriotism which shaped it.

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