James Curran

Long goodbye: Malcolm Fraser with Jimmy Carter

Radical nationalist

17 May 2014 9:00 am

Many of Australia’s former prime ministers have been content to spend their political afterlife stoking the embers of their own…

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No more pommy-bashing

26 January 2013 9:00 am

The republican movement must get over its anti-British sentiment

Our greatest historian

19 December 2010 12:00 am

Reflecting on his life’s work, W.K. Hancock once recalled that during the years from 1925 to 1935 the study of nationalism was his ‘main preoccupation’. He ‘felt that nationalism was the main driving force behind the anarchic sovereignties of the 20th century, and… believed that the optimistic liberal verdict upon the national movements of the 19th century called for revision’.

By their Australia Days shall ye know them

28 January 2009 12:00 am

James Curran compares past prime ministerial approaches to our celebration of nationhood

Rudd is right to clock up the frequent flier miles

3 December 2008 12:00 am

No PM has travelled more in his first year, but Mr Rudd’s foreign visits are more than tourism, says James Curran

Leaders old and new debate identity’s birth

19 November 2008 12:00 am

James Curran on Rudd and Keating’s dispute over the significance of Gallipoli to the national psyche

Rudd’s wartime roleplay is his link with history

29 October 2008 12:00 am

The spirit of John Curtin haunts the Prime Minister as much as it did his predecessors, says James Curran