The Shaping of Modern Australia
J.R. Nethercote (Editor)
Connor Court Publishing
Price: $59.95, Limited Edition Print-Run
Pages: 400 pages
Published: April 2016
“I am not a believer in looking at the past because it is dead, but looking at the past because it is living.” Sir Robert Menzies.
No Prime Minister did more to shape modern Australia than Sir Robert Menzies. His watershed election victory in 1949 marked the start an unprecedented period of progress, population growth and rising living standards.
The contributors to this important work take a fresh look at Menzies’ influence and legacy.
They conclude that Australia’s post-war success was not pre-destined but was driven by the ambitions of an industrious middle class empowered by the principles of freedom Menzies upheld.
The message for today’s Australia is clear: innovation and enterprise - not government - hold the key to future prosperity.
Menzies: the Shaping of Modern Australia is the first volume in the Menzies Research Centre’s Living Legacy collection.
Series editor: Nick Cater
Preface -- The Honourable Josh Frydenberg
Sir Robert Menzies: Prime Minister of Australia, 1939-41 and 1949-66 -- J.R. Nethercote
The Political Philosophy of Robert Menzies -- David Kemp
Robert Menzies – War and Peace -- Anne Henderson
Menzies – the Second Prime Ministership -- John Howard
On the Political Side -- Graeme Starr
Menzies and the Representation of Women -- Margaret Fitzherbert
Foreign Policy, Defence and National Security -- Peter Edwards
The Wealth of the Nation -- Henry Ergas and J.J. Pincus
The Condition of the People -- Mikayla Novak
Town and Country in the Menzies Years -- Lionel Frost
Sir Robert Menzies and Australian Education -- Greg Melleuish
Menzies, the High Court and the Constitution -- Anne Twomey
Federal Financial Relations in the Menzies Years -- J.J. Pincus
Menzies, Parliament and the Institutions of Government -- J.R. Nethercote
Convert to the Faith – Menzies and Canberra -- David Headon