Robert Menzies' Forgotten People
By (author) Judith Brett
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Robert Menzies' Forgotten People by Judith Brett
Book DescriptionMenzies' political self was constructed around a denial of experience and an imagined England filled the void. So too for the people and the country he led ' In 1941, RG Menzies delivered to war-time Australia what was to be his richest, most creative speech, and one of his most influential. 'The Forgotten People' was a direct address to the Australian middle class, the 'people' who would return him to power in 1949 and keep him there until his retirement in 1966. Who were these 'forgotten people'? The middle class pitting their values of hard work and independence against the collectivist ethos of labour? Women shunning the class-based politics of men? The parents of Menzies' childhood in the small country town of Jeparit? Australians struggling to maintain a derivative culture at the edges of the British Empire? Or all of them, in a richly over-determined image that takes us to the heart of Menzies' mid-life political transformation? Judith Brett deftly traces the links between the private and public meanings of Menzies' political language to produce compelling insights into the man and the culture he represented.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780522853919
(232mm x 158mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Melbourne University Press
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: Australia
Books By Author Judith Brett
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Once the country believed itself to be the true face of Australia: sunburnt men and capable women raising crops and children, enduring isolation and a fickle environment, carrying the nation on their sturdy backs. For almost 200 years after white settlement began, city Australia needed the country: to feed it, to earn its export income, to fill ...
Fair Share, Paperback (June 2011)
The Australian Settlement, as formulated by Paul Kelly, had a sixth pillar: a settlement between the city and the country in which the state compensated people living in the country for the costs of remoteness and sparse settlement. This was underpinned by the reliance of Australian export performance on agriculture.
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Author Biography - Judith Brett
Judith Brett is Professor of Politics at La Trobe University. She is the author of Australian Liberals and the Moral Middle Class- From Alfred Deakin to John Howard (Cambridge, 2003), Relaxed and Comfortable- The Liberal Party's Australia (BlackInc, Quarterly Essay 19), and, with Anthony Moran, Ordinary People's Politics (Pluto, 2006).
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