Whitewash: On Keith Windschuttle's Fabrication of Aboriginal History

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Robert Manne
Black Incorporated Agenda, 2003 - History - 385 pages
In December 2002, "The Fabrication of Aboriginal History Vol.1 by Keith Windschuttle was published. It argued that violence between whites and Aboriginals in colonial Tasmania had been vastly exaggerated and sought to rewrite the most contentious part of Australian history, attracting much coverage and heated criticism. Until now Windschuttle's arguments, agenda and methods have not been comprehensively examined. "Whitewash collects Australias's leading writers on Aboriginal history to re-examine the points in the book. The result is an authoritative account of the history and politics of the colonial frontier and a demolition of revisionism.

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Robert Manne is professor of politics at La Trobe University, a columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age, and chairman of the Monthly. He has published and edited numerous books, including Whitewash: Keith Windschuttle and the Fabrication of Aboriginal History, The Howard Years, Left, Right, Left: Political Essays 1977-2005 and Dear Mr Rudd: Ideas for a Better Australia. He is the author of two Quarterly Essays, In Denial: The Stolen Generations and the Right and Sending Them Home: Refugees and the New Politics of Indifference. His writing has won various awards, including the Washington National Intelligence Center prize, the Alfred Deakin prize and the Queensland premier's prize for advancing public debate. In 2005 he was voted Australia's leading public intellectual in a survey conducted by the Sydney Morning Herald.

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