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Suspect History: Manning Clark and the/McQueen, Humph/Paper/1862544107/S027-C
Paul Keating and John Howard used history to promote opposing policies on the republic and Mabo, invoking Manning Clark and Geoffrey Blainey as authorities for their respective sides. When the Brisbane Courier-Mail claimed that Manning Clark was an agent of Soviet influence - even a spy? - it turned up the heat in these history wars. 'Suspect History' interrogates the case against Clark and portrays the man who became "Mr Australian History" against the milieu in which he worked. Humphrey McQueen reminds us of the stakes in the battle for possession of Australian history. Part memoir and part manifesto, part philippic and part philosophy, 'Suspect History' muses on the problems of walking backwards into the future, turns a spotlight on the culture that the New Right forgot, and offers an optimistic account of our past that challenges the feel-good slogans of the Corporation Liberals.