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Monday, 29 June 2009

Commemorating the Frontier Wars

Thoughtful article by Dean Ashenden "Battle over a war" on different ways of knowing the past and how this relates to arguments about whether and how the frontier wars in Australia should be includd in the Australian War Memorial. What is interesting is the intrusion of the this debate into the realm of the sacred, something Ashenden notes buts does not fully unpack. Still an important contribution that goes beyond the sound bites of pubic controversy to unpack some of the implicit assumptions about history on both sides of the debate.
http://inside.org.au/battle-over-a-war/

More on the issue of civil religion and the australian War Memorial to follow.

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