An Historical Geography of Modern Australia: The Restive Fringe


In this major new study, J.G. Powell presents a truly authoritative and comprehensive historical geography of Australia during the second century of immigrant occupation.

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In this major new study, J.G. Powell presents a truly authoritative and comprehensive historical geography of Australia during the second century of immigrant occupation.

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"This book is a most welcome addition to the Australian literature generally and will be particularly well received by both historians and geographers working on a wide range of topics concerning our continent. Powell's book truly spans the two disciplines, disciplines which he correctly identifies as almost inseparable in the Australian context." Australian Geographer

" original, thoughtful perspective on the origins and evolution of some major public debates and policies guiding Australian development since 1880...This book will have a major impact. It provides a basic key not only to the most significant published research of a leading Australian geographer, but also to the articulation and implementation of resource-based public policies and programmes in Australia over the last century." Australian Geographical Studies

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; List of tables; Preface; Part I. Crimson Thread, 1880-1914: 1. Prodigal children: an introduction; 2. State and nation; Part II. Building The Temple, 1914-50: 3. Imperialism, protectionism, democratic nationalism; 4. Debt of honour: Soldier Settlement, 1915-29; 5. Science and the frontier; 6. Conservation and planning in the 'last of lands'; Part III. Nationalism And Dependency, 1950-86: 7. A changing society; 8. The Janus face of Australian industry; 9. Agriculture and the modern federation; 10. Conclusion: arrivals and departures; Notes; Select bibliography; Index.

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