Testing the boundaries: Reflections on transnationalism in Australian history

Palgrave Macmillan
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Transnationalism, nationalism and Australian history, 2017, pp. 1 - 14
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Transnational history in Australia is in an ebullient mood. Ten years after Marilyn Lake and Ann Curthoys' path-breaking work, Copy"ected Worlds, there has been an entire generation of scholars raised on malltras of mobility, imperial circuitry and the need to think beyond national borders. ' "Entangled histories" are the new orthodoxy, and circulation metaphors pepper the scholarly lexicon. ' Within a remarkably short time, transnational history ITas nioved from the Inargins to the mainstream. Only recently a radical critique of national 11istoriographies, it is today among the most influential forms of history making. ' In the wake of these developments, our conception of the Australian past - and the work of historical research and writing - has been transformed. N0 10nger a quarantined field of study, Australian history now appears on the o11ter rint of Pacific and Indian Ocean studies, as a nodal point in British imperial studies and connected, or cast in a comparative IiglTt, witli other settler colonial nations. The transnational has not only become a type of counter-narrative to the ITation, It has also helped complicate understandings of national ITistory
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