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Title: History, Historians and the Many Earlier Wright College Shapers of New England's and of Australia's Self-perception
Contributor(s): Ryan, John S (author)
Publication Date: 2016
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Abstract: By a series of peculiarly fruitful juxtapositions of events, persons and much early and long-ongoing stimulus, the numerous Wright College-focussed historians and interpreters of Australian culture must be recognised as constituting one of the great forces in the rise of 'New England's University College' from its modest beginnings to its clearly perceived cultural identity and then powerful impact in the later years of the twentieth century. 'History' as taught and studied at New England had, from 1938, had slowly moved from J.P. Belshaw's impressive work in closely focused regional economic history, E.J. Tapp's philosophical approaches and C. M. Williams' studies of 17th century England to an array of European or Ancient World courses with but little recognition, - let alone exploration - as yet of the greater and emergent Australian experience or identity. This situation would change dramatically in the later 1950s with the arrival of Dr Russel Ward, a fine scholar of English literature, oarsman, folklorist and politically challenging leftist, whose not so imagined subversive and abrasive thoughts had long been of some concern to the Canberra bureaucracy.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Wright for New England: A Celebratory Collection of Essays, p. 101-129
Publisher: University of New England
Place of Publication: Armidale, Australia
ISBN: 9781921597718
Field of Research (FOR): 210305 British History
210307 European History (excl British, Classical Greek and Roman)
210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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