Cultivating an Australian Sentiment: John Christian Watson's Narrative of White Nationalism

  title={Cultivating an Australian Sentiment: John Christian Watson's Narrative of White Nationalism},
  author={Mark Hearn},
  journal={National Identities},
  pages={351 - 368}
  • M. Hearn
  • Published 1 December 2007
  • Political Science
  • National Identities
Contemporary observers and historians have interpreted Australia's first Labor Prime Minister, John Christian Watson, as an ideal leader for Labor's early participation in nation-building following the inauguration of the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. Little attention has been paid to the values Watson brought to Labor's participation in nation-building. Race, defence and the ‘cultivation of an Australian sentiment’ formed the recurring themes of Watson's national narrative. Compelled by a… 

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