The Commonwealth of Speech: An Argument about Australia’s Past, Present and Future by Alan Atkinson

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December 2002-January 2003, no. 247
Beverley Kingston reviews 'The Commonwealth of Speech' by Alan Atkinson

The Commonwealth of Speech: An Argument about Australia’s Past, Present and Future

by Alan Atkinson

Australian Scholarly Publishing, $29.95 pb, 180 pp, 1 74097 004 7

The Commonwealth of Speech: An Argument about Australia’s Past, Present and Future by Alan Atkinson

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December 2002-January 2003, no. 247

According to the back cover: ‘This book explores the way common conversation matters … that during the last two hundred years we have been beguiled by reading and writing. Only during the last part of the twentieth century have we begun to remember the importance of speech as a source of truth in human affairs.’ It could also be noted that the seven essays collected here began as lectures, seminars or articles on such themes as the role of the monarchy in modern Australia (Prince Charles is judged a better speechmaker than his mum, therefore we have hope), the republican movement, the significance of Manning Clark and Henry Reynolds as influential Australian historians, the early nineteenth-century views of Edward Smith Hall and James Macarthur on the rights of Aboriginal people, and Raffaello Carboni’s account of the Eureka Stockade.

Beverley Kingston reviews 'The Commonwealth of Speech' by Alan Atkinson

The Commonwealth of Speech: An Argument about Australia’s Past, Present and Future

by Alan Atkinson

Australian Scholarly Publishing, $29.95 pb, 180 pp, 1 74097 004 7

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