- What can a French historian and philosopher tell us about reconciliation between black and white in Australia?
More than a century ago, when in Australia it was still widely presumed that Aboriginal people were a dying race, Ernest Renan was grappling with the question, what is a nation?
- By Matter of Fact host Stan Grant
It remains one of the most profound and powerful statements of identity, written in 1882 in the shadows of the French Revolution.
A nation, he wrote, was defined not by any one thing but the…