Stuart Macintyre’s The History Wars

Stuart Macintyre’s The History Wars

In 2003 Australian historian Stuart Macintyre published The History Wars, written with Anna Clark.[96] This was a study of the background of, and arguments surrounding, recent developments in Australian historiography, and concluded that the History Wars had done damage to the nature of objective Australian history. At the launch of his book, historian Stuart Macintyre emphasised the political dimension of these arguments[97] and said the Australian debate took its cue from the Enola Gay controversy in the United States.[98] The book was launched by former Prime Minister Paul Keating, who took the opportunity to criticise conservative views of Australian history, and those who hold them (such as the then Prime Minister John Howard), saying that they suffered from “a failure of imagination”, and said that The History Wars “rolls out the canvas of this debate.”[99] Macintyre’s critics, such as Greg Melluish (History Lecturer at the University of Wollongong), responded to the book by declaring that Macintyre was a partisan history warrior himself, and that “its primary arguments are derived from the pro-Communist polemics of the Cold War.”[100] Keith Windschuttle said that Macintyre attempted to “caricature the history debate.”[101] In a foreword to the book, former Chief Justice of Australia Sir Anthony Mason said that the book was “a fascinating study of the recent endeavours to rewrite or reinterpret the history of European settlement in Australia.”

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_wars#Black_armband_debate

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