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From the Ruins of Colonialism : History as Social Memory - Chris Healy

From the Ruins of Colonialism

History as Social Memory

Paperback Published: 27th March 1997
ISBN: 9780521565769
Number Of Pages: 260

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From the Ruins of Colonialism throws new light on history, social memory and colonialism. The book charts how films, books and storytelling, public commemoration and instruction have, in a strange ensemble, created something we call Australian history. It considers key moments of historical imagination, including Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal histories of Captain Cook, school-histories and museum exhibitions, and the gendering of events such as the Eureka Stockade and the shipwreck of Eliza Fraser. Chris Healy argues that the way in which the past is constructed in the public imagination raises pressing questions. He describes the predicament of European Australians who imagined a continent 'without history' while themselves being obsessed with history. He asks: what can history mean in a postcolonial society? This book seeks a new sense of remembering. Rather than being content with a culture of amnesia or facile nostalgia, it makes the case for learning to belong in the ruins of colonial histories. Chris Healy's investigation of historical cultures and narratives is innovative and stimulating; it is a powerful statement for historical imagination in our times.

List of illustrations
In the Beginning
Captain Cook and Genesis: white histories of Cook
Captain Cook and death: black histories of Cook
Installing Memory
We remember for you: the memory-work of museums
'History is disliked': the memory-work of schooling
In the Event
Battle memories: echoes of eureka
Eliza Fraser and the impossibility of postcolonial history
Select bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521565769
ISBN-10: 0521565766
Series: Studies in Australian History
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 27th March 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.39