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His first acquaintance with the study of political thought came at the University of Sydney, from which he graduated as a Bachelor of Economics in He then took up a Teaching Fellowship at Sydney University, at the same time undertaking research for a dissertation on working-class movements in Australia, for which he was awarded the degree of Master of Economics in After nearly seven years' service in the Prime Minister's Department and the Bureau of Agricultural Economics, he returned to academic life in February l when he was appointed Senior Lecturer in Political Science at the Australian National University.
In he was appointed Reader in Political Science, the position from which he retired in For many years he offered courses on Ancient, Medieval, and Modern Political Thought, but his concerns stretched much further, and he was able to offer considered, well-informed, and astringent views on an astonishingly wide range of topics.
Hume was a renowned specialist on the thought of Jeremy Bentham, about which Eleanor rigby literary analysis essay published extensively.
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He took leave in, and to work on Bentham's manuscripts at University College London, and his book Bentham and Bureaucracy Cambridge University Press, is widely recognised as the classic study of Bentham's political thought.
However, his pre-eminence in this sphere was not won at the expense of his long-standing interest in Australian history; and in his retirement, although continuing to work on the arduous task of editing Bentham's Constitutional Code for publication as part of Bentham's Collected Works, he increasingly found time to turn his attention, and his pen, to issues about which he had long felt strongly.
Another Look at the Cultural Cringe is a product of this period.
Hume had little in common with that school of historians for whom the election of the Whitlam Government in had inaugurated a kind of social and cultural annee zero.
This was not because of any visceral hatred of Whitlam's agenda — to this day I have no idea what his party-political views might have been — but because he felt a distinct lack of sympathy for the insensitivity to the significance of earlier times and earlier figures that an annee zero view implied.
He was struck by the dynamism of earlier periods, and once remarked that the Australia to which he returned in seemed to him 'another world' from the country that he had left behind in It is a work in which a number of the characteristics of his scholarship are apparent.
It blends theory and history in very subtle ways. It provides a splendid example of the 'exact scholarship' that he so much admired. And while on occasion pointed, or even cutting, it is also a graceful essay.
Hume saw no virtue in being gratuitously offensive to his opponents. He could be a devastating critic, but he was never a self-indulgent one. This last characteristic derived as much from his personality as from anything else.
He was honest, fearless, and entirely free of affectation. To his students and colleagues he presented a somewhat serious visage, but this simply reflected the fact that he took the concept of university education seriously.
His solemnity was no more than skin-deep, and those who knew him for any length of time came to realise that it was born of contentment, to which his wonderful wife Angela, and his children and wider family, were the principal contributors.
He was a cherished friend to a vast number of people, and his arrival raised the tone of every function he attended. The content of this notion was aptly summed up by H. The cringe is usually said to have flourished in that form among Australians up to the early or mids, but to have subsequently been replaced by more self-respecting and independent attitudes.
Used in this way it serves to distance the contemporary writer from the failures and inadequacies of the past. I want to take here a critical look at this way of writing and thinking about the past and I want to do so for three main reasons. The first is personal: One should, instead look very carefully at the evidence on which it is said to be based.
The second reason is that the notion seems to me to be inimical to precise or systematic thinking about the character of Australian life, either before or after In its most common form it implies, too, that there is a great difference in these respects between Australia then and Australia now, that the inert have been replaced by the innovative, the deferential by those resistant to ideas and products and fashions coming from overseas, and the passive by the active and the creative.
All of this seems to me to be grossly inaccurate. Australia 'then' was not inert, deferential and passive: And while the Australian community has undoubtedly changed in many respects since the mids, and still more since the mids, it does not seem to me to be on balance less receptive to overseas ideas, products and fashions, or more inclined or better equipped to subject them to critical analysis or to provide local alternatives to them.
It may be, however, that I am mistaken in my perceptions of the present and the past, especially the past. It may be that what I took and take for self-assurance and self-possession were really self-deception and internalised submission, and that these are failings from which most of the Australians born after the war and the few survivors from earlier periods with whom they feel affinity are happily free.
In these circumstances, it seems to me, the proper course is to look for and look closely at the body of argument and evidence on which is based the diagnosis of a prevailing cultural cringe in pre-Whitlam Australia.
And that is what I am trying to do on this occasion.
As it turned out, finding the argument and the evidence was a harder and untidier task than I expected, and I may not yet have discovered the key items. I have turned up few examples of even moderately sustained attempts to establish the diagnosis.
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