KEITH WINDSCHUTTLE's CONTRIBUTION TO AUSTRALIAN HISTORY: AN EVALUATION

Authors

  • Ralph Shlomowitz

    1. Flinders University
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      I am indebted to participants of seminars at Flinders University, the University of Queensland, University of Newcastle (Ourimba campus), the University of New England, the University of Tasmania and the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, King's College, London, and to Stanley L. Engerman, Debra Hackett, Robin Haines, Barry Higman and Eric Richards for comments on an earlier version of this article.


Abstract

In two recent books, Keith Windschuttle has reinvigorated debate on two central questions in Australian history: the extent of frontier violence in the colonisation of Australia and the origins of the White Australia Policy. This assessment of Windschuttle's scholarship will focus on how he arrives at his conclusions: his methodology, his use of evidence and the coherence of his arguments. It will draw on the literature of economic history to show how its methods and perspectives can inform these debates in Australian history.

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