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Keith Hancock : The Legacies of an Historian - D A Low

Keith Hancock

The Legacies of an Historian

By: D A Low

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"Sir Keith Hancock KBE (1898-1984) was the most distinguished scholar in the humanities and social sciences to have been born and to have worked in Australia. He was a graduate of the University of Melbourne, a Rhodes Scholar and the first Australian Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He successively held History chairs at the universities of Adelaide, Birmingham, Oxford and London and at the Australian National University.
Aged 32 he published his Australia (London, 1930), still the single most striking commentary on this country, many of whose aphorisms have percolated through into numerous other writings. Aged 74 he published his last major work, Discovering Monaro- A Study of Man s Impact on the Environment (Cambridge, 1972), which was arguably the primary fillip to the study of Australian environmental history to this day.
The main chapters of this book discuss, largely in sequence, the major books that he wrote, the fields with which he dealt, and the directions these have taken since he did so. They revisit an extraordinary series of creative achievements while providing an introduction to the work of an exceptional Australian scholar.
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Preface
Contributors
Books by W. K. Hancock
Introduction: William Keith Hancock 1898-1988, Historianp. 1
Italian Ventures
Hancock on the Risorgimentop. 15
Hancock and Italyp. 22
'Full of Hits and Misses': A Reappraisal of Hancock's Australiap. 33
Imperium et Libertas and Hancock's Problems of Nationalityp. 58
Hancock and West African Economic History: the Survey and its Successorsp. 84
Thucydides Amongst the Mandarins: Hancock and the World War II Civil Historiesp. 122
Patriotism of Place and Race: Hancock on South Africap. 149
Rediscovering Australia: Hancock and the Wool Seminarp. 180
Comment: Woolly Identitiesp. 201
'Signposts to Tracks?': Hancock and Environmental Historyp. 213
Comment: Tuscan Dreamingp. 237
Recording 'the Australian Experience': Hancock and the Australian Dictionary of Biographyp. 249
'History is About Chaps': Professional, National and Gender Identities in Hancock's Autobiographiesp. 269
Comment: The Silences of an Autobiographerp. 287
Indexp. 295
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ISBN: 9780522849387
ISBN-10: 0522849385
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 13th May 1997
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.2 x 14.0  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1