THE MENZIES ERA: THE YEARS THAT SHAPED MODERN AUSTRALIA by by John Howard

Reviewed by
March 2015, no. 369
James Walter reviews 'The Menzies Era' by John Howard

THE MENZIES ERA: THE YEARS THAT SHAPED MODERN AUSTRALIA

by by John Howard

HarperCollins, $59.99 hb, 707 pp, 9780732296124

THE MENZIES ERA: THE YEARS THAT SHAPED MODERN AUSTRALIA by by John Howard

Reviewed by
March 2015, no. 369

John Howard has long been concerned with countering what he regards as the domination of Australian historical writing by the left. His project was initiated before he gained the prime ministership, most notably in his Menzies Lecture of 1996, in which he claimed that most of the distinctiveness and achievements of Australian politics were grounded in the liberal tradition. It continued during the ‘history wars’ from 1996 to 2007 – a subsidiary element in his largely successful attempt to reshape the contemporary understanding of liberal individualism. His massive new book on Menzies and his times is the summa of this enterprise.

James Walter reviews 'The Menzies Era' by John Howard

THE MENZIES ERA: THE YEARS THAT SHAPED MODERN AUSTRALIA

by by John Howard

HarperCollins, $59.99 hb, 707 pp, 9780732296124

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