Robert Menzies' Forgotten People

Robert Menzies' Forgotten People

by Judith Brett

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/07/2007

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In 1941, RG Menzies delivered to war-time Australia what was to be his richest, most creative speech, and one of his most influential. ""The Forgotten People"" was a direct address to the Australian middle class, the 'people' who would return him to power in 1949 and keep him there until his retirement in 1966. Who were these 'forgotten people'? The middle class pitting their values of hard work and independence against the collectivist ethos of labour? Women, shunning the class-based politics of men? The parents of Menzies' childhood in the small country town of Jeparit? And how did this relate to his fervently held belief in his status as a Briton, the boundaries of which nation were 'not on the Kentish Coast but at Cape York and Invercargill'? Judith Brett deftly traces the links between the private and public meanings of Menzies' political career. Taking us deep into both the man and the culture he represented and well beyond the restraints of conventional biography, Brett, reveals the ambivalence that lay at the heart of the Australian self-image. This is absorbing and essential reading for an understanding of the Australia that produced a Menzies - and of a prime minister who, whether loved or hated, shaped the way we imagined ourselves in the postwar world.
ISBN:
9780522853919
9780522853919
Category:
Political science & theory
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-07-2007
Publisher:
Melbourne University Press
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
320
Dimensions (mm):
232x158x26mm
Weight:
0.35kg
Judith Brett

Judith Brett is the author of Robert Menzies' Forgotten People and emeritus professor of politics at La Trobe University. The Enigmatic Mr Deakin won the 2018 National Biography Award, and was shortlisted in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards, NSW Premier's History Awards and Queensland Literary Awards.

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