Defending History (But What About The Historians?)

A year-and-a-half after Keith Windschuttle published his book The Fabrication of Aboriginal History, the Australian academic world is “still anguishing over its impact. It is terrified of what he will do next. Windschuttle struck at the heart of the accepted view of Australian colonial history in the past 30 years – that the settler society had engaged in a pattern of conquest, dispossession and killing of the indigenous inhabitants. The facts, he said, did not stack up.”