A Concise History of Australia

A Concise History of Australia

by Stuart Macintyre
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521625777

ISBN-13: 9780521625777

Pub. Date: 01/01/1900

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Australia is the last continent to be settled by Europeans, but it also sustains a people and a culture tens of thousands of years old. For much of the past 200 years the newcomers have sought to replace the old with the new. This book tells how they imposed themselves on the land and brought technology, institutions and ideas to make it their own. It relates the

Overview

Australia is the last continent to be settled by Europeans, but it also sustains a people and a culture tens of thousands of years old. For much of the past 200 years the newcomers have sought to replace the old with the new. This book tells how they imposed themselves on the land and brought technology, institutions and ideas to make it their own. It relates the advance from penal colony to a prosperous free nation and illustrates how, as a nation created by waves of newcomers, the search for binding traditions was long frustrated by the feeling of rootlessness, until it came to terms with its origins.

The third edition of this acclaimed book recounts the key factors - social, economic and political - that have shaped modern-day Australia. It covers the rise and fall of the Howard government, the 2007 election and the apology to the Stolen Generations. More than ever before, Australians draw on the past to understand their future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521625777
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/01/1900
Series:
Concise Histories Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
334
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations x

Acknowledgements xii

1 Beginnings 1

2 Newcomers, c. 1600-1792 16

3 Coercion, 1793-1821 35

4 Emancipation, 1822-1850 53

5 In thrall to progress, 1851-1888 86

6 National reconstruction, 1889-1913 122

7 Sacrifice, 1914-1945 156

8 Golden age, 1946-1974 200

9 Reinventing Australia, 1975-2008 243

10 What next? 302

Sources of quotations 309

Guide to further reading 326

Index 339

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