Talking About History: A Case for Oral Historiography

Publisher:
Professional Historians Association NSW
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Public History Review, 2010, 17 (1), pp. 62 - 76
Issue Date:
2010-01
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So the public conjecture over Australian history is far from over as these debates among historians, politicians and public commentators remind us. The question is, does any of this resonate beyond the limited public sphere in which it plays out? What do Australians think of their history in light of the history wars? By way of answer, this paper examines the enduring public contest over the past and then investigates more elusive, but no less significant, everyday conversations about Australian history around the country. By proposing a method of `oral historiography to gauge contemporary historical understandings in Australia, it brings a critical new perspective to these ongoing debates.
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