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Ideas and Ideology - A review


The essays in Gregory Melleuish’s The Power of Ideas examine the work of a number of prominent and not-so-prominent Australian intellectuals, including the far-right versions of romanticism espoused by Alan Chisholm and Randolph Hughes; the idea of the natural aristocrat embodied in the Tory politician William Bede Dalley and the radical Daniel Deniehy; and a number of more familiar historical figures including P R Stephensen, Christopher Brennan and James McAuley. The themes that emerge through the essays are sporadic rather than systematic, but tend to coalesce around the opposition of liberalism and conservatism and the idea of culture as ‘internationalism’ versus culture as nation building.



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