Convincing Ground is a wide ranging, personal and powerful work which resonates with historical and contemporary Australian debates about identity, dispossession, memory and community. For Pascoe, the Australian character was not forged at Gallipoli, Eureka and the back of Bourke, but in the more satanic furnace of Murdering Flat, Convincing Ground and Werribee. He knows we can't reverse the past, but we can bring our soul in from the fog of delusion. He proposes a way forward, beyond shady intellectual argument and immature nationalism: strengths intact; weaknesses acknowledged and addressed.
Aboriginal Studies Press
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01 April 2007
Introduction; Franks is Dead; History, How it Starts; The Lakes; Lady Macbeth's Clean Hands; The Lie of the Land; The Psychology of the Frontier; Brave Explorers; Lake Corangamite; The Raised Sword; The Great Australian Forge; The Great Australian Face; Golden Boy; Dont Mention the War; The Language of War; The Language of Resistance; Native Born; True Hunter; Germaine to the Problem; The Whispering Land; Elbows on the Bar; Index.
Reviews for Convincing Ground: Learning to Fall in Love with your Country
. ..This beautifully written book, with its fierce determination to recognise and right the wrongs of history, is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand where Aboriginal people are coming from. --Paul Burns, Reviews in Australian Studies , Vol 2, No 7, 2007 In prose of lyrical clarity and uncompromising honesty, Bruce Pascoe invites readers to be awakened, enthralled by fresh and breath-taking truths about the story of Australia. Convincing Ground is unique. -- Carmel Bird The author's greatest strength is his construction of a narrative comparing contemporary Australian politics, culture and identity with the formative years of contact histories. --Steve Kinnane