Aboriginal Australians: A History Since 1788 / Edition 4

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Overview

In the creation of any new society, there are winners and losers. So it was with Australia as it grew from a colonial outpost to an affluent society.

Richard Broome tells the history of Australia from the standpoint of the original Australians: those who lost most in the early colonial struggle for power. Surveying two centuries of Aboriginal-European encounters, he shows how white settlers steadily supplanted the original inhabitants, from the shining coasts to inland deserts, by sheer force of numbers, disease, technology and violence. He also tells the story of Aboriginal survival through resistance and accommodation, and traces the continuing Aboriginal struggle to move from the margins of a settler society to a more central place in modern Australia.

Since its first edition in 1982, Richard Broome's Aboriginal Australians has won acclaim as a classic account of race relations in Australia. This fully rewritten fourth edition continues the story, covering the uneven implementation of native title, the plight of remote Aboriginal communities, the 'Intervention' and the landmark apology to the Stolen Generations by Federal Parliament.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Richard Broome has managed an enviable achievement. The vast sweeping story of Aboriginal Australia from 1788 is told in his typical lucid and imaginative style . . . an important work of great scholarship, passion and imagination."  —Professor Lynette Russell, Center for Australian Indigenous Studies, Monash University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781742370514
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited
  • Publication date: 5/1/2010
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition, Fourth edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,399,333
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Broome is Associate Professor of History at La Trobe University. One of Australia's most respected scholars of Aboriginal history, he is also author of the prize-winning Aboriginal Victorians.

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Table of Contents

Preface v

Prologue: Endings and beginnings 1

1 Reflections on a Great Tradition 5

2 The Eora confront the British 15

3 Resisting the invaders 36

4 Cultural resistance amid destruction 57

5 Radical hope quashed 81

6 The age of race and northern frontiers 100

7 Working with cattle 122

8 Mixed missionary blessings 149

9 Controlled by boards and caste barriers 172

10 Fighting for civil rights 195

11 Struggling for Indigenous rights 227

12 Hoping for equality 255

13 Under siege 283

14 Crisis, intervention and apology 320

Notes 351

Select bibliography 385

Index 390

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  • Posted April 30, 2015

    I am a high school sophomore and I read this book for a research

    I am a high school sophomore and I read this book for a research project. This book was an interesting read but in my opinion, I would choose another book. Broome provided all the information about the Aboriginals after the British invasion. He didn't provide much background about the group but Broome was very knowledgeable and informative about the subject. One part that I like was the information. Every single detail was in the book. The author didn’t talk much about the traditions or culture. Broome is very informative about how and when the British invaded Australia. When the British came, they destroyed their culture. The struggles the Aboriginals had was terrible. They were taken from their home lands and treated terribly.Another part I did not like was when the author talked about the history after the British settlement. He tended to focus on the after math of the situation. Maybe I should’ve selected a better book but Broome still should’ve provided a background of their storyOverall, I did enjoy he book. Richard Broome’s work was amazing. Honestly, I would recommend reading this book but after learning the Aboriginal’s history and the history of Australia. .

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    Posted April 30, 2015

    I am a high school sophomore and I read this book for a research

    I am a high school sophomore and I read this book for a research project. The book was very interesting but in my opinion, I would choose a different book. The book had plenty of information but it occurred after the British took over. The author was very knowledgeable about the topic. The author discussed the equality of the Aboriginals and it was the main part of the book.
    One part that I like was the information. Every single detail was in the book. The author didn’t talk much about the traditions or culture. Broome is very informative about how and when the British invaded Australia. When the British came, they destroyed their culture. The struggles the Aboriginals had was terrible. They were taken from their home lands and treated terribly.Overall, I did enjoy he book. Richard Broome’s work was amazing. Honestly, I would recommend reading this book but after learning the Aboriginal’s history and the history of Australia. The Aboriginals were very intelligent people and the culture is astonishing.

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