Ken Inglis: threads of influence

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Ken Inglis is one of Australia’s most creative, versatile and influential historians. This article assesses his influence, relying on memory, reading and reflection. It traces the origins and impact of his most enduring historical interest, the study of Anzac as a ‘civil religion’. Like Charles Bean, the first historian of Anzac, Inglis has been keenly interested in how national history is made and communicated to a popular audience. As general editor of the Australian Bicentennial History Project, he led one of the largest and most ambitious ventures in collaborative national history-writing anywhere.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)516-529
Number of pages14
JournalHistory Australia
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2017


  • Anzac
  • Bicentennial History
  • civil religion
  • K.S. Inglis
  • national history

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