Bain Attwood takes us to the heart of the conflict about the Aboriginal past in Australia. He tracks the growing popularity of history and weighs the consequences for the nature of historical knowledge and the authority of the historian. He asks why and how Aboriginal history has become central to Australian politics, culture and identity. He examines the work of historical ‘revisionists’ and tests their promise of historical truth. Finally, Attwood ponders how the traumatic history of frontier conflict might better be remembered – and mourned – and why telling the truth about history matters for the nation and for all of us.
Bain Attwood is Associate Professor of history at Monash University and a professorial fellow at the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research at the Australian National University. A leading authority on Aboriginal history, he is the author of numerous books including The Making of the Aborigines (Allen + Unwin 1989) and Rights for Aborigines (Allen + Unwin 2003).
Published by Allen & Unwin, 2005. 264 pages, Softback