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Victory on Gallipoli & Other What-ifs of Australian History

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  •  Victory on Gallipoli & Other What-ifs of Australian History
    Title: Victory on Gallipoli & Other What-ifs of Australian History
    Author: STANLEY PETER
    Format: PAPERBACK
    Publication date: 01/05/2018
    Imprint: NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUS
    Price: $30.00
    Publishing status: Active

    The
    past is irreversible, but imagination is unlimited. With a twist of fate — and of
    historical fact — Gallipoli was a military success, Australia had a female prime minister
    in the 1920s, we won the soccer world cup in 1974, and Gough Whitlam chose his
    time to retire from the top job.

    In Victory on Gallipoli and Other What-ifs of Australian History, prominent historians contemplate how Australia today could have been a very different place but for a decision made or not made, an opportunity taken or not taken. These are the nation’s sliding door moments, our alternative history. At the end of each essay, an ‘In Fact’ section tells the true story to allow the readers to see what has, and hasn’t, been changed in the imaginative retelling.


    The
    Cold War had the world teetering on the edge of mutually assured destruction
    but ended instead with the collapse of the Soviet Union. What if the war had
    heated up? Peter Stanley writes for the fictional New World Quarterly in 2035, from an Australian Republic still
    grappling with the complete destruction of Europe and North America, with a
    psychologically damaged populace and an environmentally devastated world.


    What
    if the 1951 referendum to outlaw the Communist Party had been successful? Would
    Australia have had its own McCarthy era — harassing sympathisers, inhibiting the
    trade union movement and banning Communist-inspired literature? Where would be
    today? Roslyn Russell imagines a book for students replete with case studies on
    what to do if you suspect your neighbour leans a little too far to the left …


    And
    what if Kingsford Smith had survived his trans-Pacific crossing in 1935? Would
    he have gone on to further cement his reputation as hero aviator? Or would his
    personal flaws have undermined his legacy? Michael Molkentin gives us an
    alternative biography, one in which Kingsford Smith is shunned by this country
    and ends up aiding a militant Japan’s aviation aspirations as the Second World
    War descends.


    With essays by Janette Bomford, Guy Hansen, Carolyn Holbrook, Walter Kudrycz, Michael McKernan, Ross McMullin, Hamish Maxwell-Stewart, John Maynard, Michael Molkentin, Roslyn Russell, Peter Stanley, Craig Wilcox, and Clare Wright.




    ISBN: 9780642279217
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