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Preface

Book


Abstract


  • The project to write the first Cambridge Economic History of Australia commenced early in 2012. It drew some of its inspiration from Simon Ville's involvement in the recently published Cambridge History of Australia (edited by Alison Bashford and Stuart Macintyre). This new work and its brief treatment of economic history pointed to the need for a separate study. Equally, Glenn Withers' involvement in government policy development highlighted the distinctive value of an enhanced understanding of Australian economic history. A quarter of a century has passed since the last comprehensive economic history of Australia was written by an expert group: economic history has undergone many changes in Australia and overseas since Maddock and McLean's The Australian Economy in the Long Run. Consistent with the outward-looking nature of economic history today, the editors have enlisted a wide-ranging group of authors drawn from Australia and overseas in economic history and closely related disciplines. Each author brings to the project a thorough expertise in their topic drawn from years of high-quality academic research output complemented, in several cases, by relevant practitioner experience in government or business. As ever, the editors have sought a fine balance between a consistent party line of what should be included and how it should be argued, with the spirit of allowing authors to impart some personal flavour and individual interpretation of their material. Allowing some author latitude has been vital to accommodate a range of perspectives, viewpoints and approaches. No account of a large national story will ever be entirely comprehensive; rather our aim is to make it authoritative, thought-provoking and relevant to the 21st century.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Ville, S., & Withers, G. (2014). Preface. doi:10.1017/CHO9781107445222.001

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781107029491

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84954147303

Web Of Science Accession Number


Abstract


  • The project to write the first Cambridge Economic History of Australia commenced early in 2012. It drew some of its inspiration from Simon Ville's involvement in the recently published Cambridge History of Australia (edited by Alison Bashford and Stuart Macintyre). This new work and its brief treatment of economic history pointed to the need for a separate study. Equally, Glenn Withers' involvement in government policy development highlighted the distinctive value of an enhanced understanding of Australian economic history. A quarter of a century has passed since the last comprehensive economic history of Australia was written by an expert group: economic history has undergone many changes in Australia and overseas since Maddock and McLean's The Australian Economy in the Long Run. Consistent with the outward-looking nature of economic history today, the editors have enlisted a wide-ranging group of authors drawn from Australia and overseas in economic history and closely related disciplines. Each author brings to the project a thorough expertise in their topic drawn from years of high-quality academic research output complemented, in several cases, by relevant practitioner experience in government or business. As ever, the editors have sought a fine balance between a consistent party line of what should be included and how it should be argued, with the spirit of allowing authors to impart some personal flavour and individual interpretation of their material. Allowing some author latitude has been vital to accommodate a range of perspectives, viewpoints and approaches. No account of a large national story will ever be entirely comprehensive; rather our aim is to make it authoritative, thought-provoking and relevant to the 21st century.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Ville, S., & Withers, G. (2014). Preface. doi:10.1017/CHO9781107445222.001

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781107029491

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84954147303

Web Of Science Accession Number