My personal desire to revisit the History Wars is roughly on a par with my aspiration to experience the joys of lung cancer or leprosy. However the topic has been a perennially popular/controversial one on Troppo Armadillo, and always seems to generate acrimonious (and sometimes even enlightened) debate. Accordingly I feel obliged to record for completeness that Keith Windschuttle has re-ignited discussion in the latest Quadrant, and his fairly long article is reproduced on Sydney Line.
Despite the shortcomings of his own position, it does seem to this humble armadillo that Windschuttle makes some pretty cogent points against both Henry Reynolds and Lyndall Ryan. Windshchuttle’s article is sufficiently long and detailed to allow conscientious objectors (like Christopher Sheil) to grapple with his arguments without breaching their own peculiar moral injunction against actually being familiar with a work before critiquing it.