Moment of Truth: History and Australia's Future: Quarterly Essay 69
Judging by the Captain Cook statue controversy, though, our debates about the past have never been more fruitless. Is there a way beyond the history wars that began under John Howard? And in an age of free-floating fears about the global, digital future, is history any longer relevant, let alone equal to the task of grounding the nation?
In this inspiring essay, Mark McKenna considers the frontier, the Anzac legacy and deep time. He drags some fascinating new scholarship into the light, and pushes the debate about history beyond the familiar polarities.
Mark McKenna is one of Australia's leading historians. He has written several highly acclaimed books, including From the Edge- Australia's Lost Histories, An Eye for Eternity- The Life of Manning Clark and Looking for Blackfellas' Point- An Australian History of Place. He is professor of history at the University of Sydney.