The Captive Republic: A History of Republicanism in Australia 1788-1996

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Cambridge University Press, Dec 23, 1996 - History - 334 pages
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The idea of an Australian republic has existed from the moment the First Fleet sailed into Sydney Harbour. This book is a comprehensive history of republican thought and activity in Australia and traces republican debate in Australia from 1788. It explains the pivotal role played by republican philosophies in the decades before responsible government was granted to the Australian colonies in 1856 and prior to federation in 1901. Mark McKenna also describes the often erratic appearance of republicanism during the twentieth century, focusing in particular on the period after 1975, when the issue of a republic became a prominent and increasingly fixed term on the political agenda. This book will be essential reading for all those with an interest in political and intellectual history. It calls for a higher level of public debate about the republic and makes an outstanding contribution to this debate itself.
 

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Contents

List of illustrations
ix
Abbreviations
x
Acknowledgments
xiii
Introduction
1
The Piratical Republic 17881833
12
The Blue Mountains Republic 18191827
15
Shaking Off the Yoke
18
Horatio Wills and the Currency Lad
22
The Loyalty Play
112
Reconstructing the Empire
115
Independence Enough
118
A White Mans Republic 18801887
121
The First Stirrings 18801886
123
New Guinea
125
Sudan
127
Socialists and Republicans
131

The Stockmens Republic 18331848
29
The Invisible Compact
31
A Civil Constitutional and Gentlemanly State of Disgust
33
The Last Resort 18481856
40
Another America?
44
The Coming Event
47
Bringing Out the Doctor
53
Convict Scum
56
Nation or Empire
59
Redemption from Misrule
63
Lang Stands Again
67
Driving a Loyal People to Rebellion
69
A Bunyip Aristocracy
73
Bunyips in the House
74
The Doctor Returns
79
The First Sacrifice
86
A Victorian Republic
92
Eureka
97
The Rebellion
98
After Eureka
102
Quieta Non Movere 18561880
109
1887The Jubilee Year and the Republican Riots
136
Nation and Republic 18871891
151
1888The Centenary Year
160
The Coffee Palace Republic
166
QueenslandThe Banana Republic
174
The Republicans of Charters Towers
178
The Common WealRepublicanism and Federation
188
Commonwealth
191
The Imperial Mardi Gras 19011963
205
The End of the Affair 19631995
219
The Legacy of Kerr 19721988
226
The Queens Australian
229
Celebration of a Nation
239
The Dead Duck
241
The Dead Duck Flies 19901995
248
Epilogue
264
Notes
268
Select Bibliography
310
Index
325
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