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ProjectThe Rule of Law in History and Memory: Australian and Canadian Settler Frontiers
ResearchersA/Prof AE Nettelbeck, A/Prof Robert Foster, Dr RC Smandych & Em/Prof L Knafla
Funding SourceAustralian Research Council Discovery Project
SummaryThis study is inspired by current 'History Wars' debates in Australia and Canada, which in raising questions about 'what happened' in the colonial past have demonstrated that the shape of the nation's historical memory is of vital present day importance. These debates have shown that more detailed historical research is required into how the frontiers of European settlement evolved in practice, and how Indigenous populations were made subject to colonial legal authority. As a project of comparative history, the study is of international as well as national significance. It has the potential to generate improved understanding of current conditions by highlighting differences and similarities between Australian and Canadian experiences.
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