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Australia: A New History of the Great Southern Land
     

Australia: A New History of the Great Southern Land

by Frank Welsh
 

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ISBN-10: 1585678619

ISBN-13: 9781585678617

Pub. Date: 07/29/2008

Publisher: The Overlook Press

Australia: A New History of the Great Southern Land is a major new account that places Australia's history fully within a global context, drawing on sources from the United States, Britain, South Africa, and Canada, as well as within Australia itself.

In a compelling narrative, acclaimed historian Frank Welsh traces the history of the land from scattered convict

Overview

Australia: A New History of the Great Southern Land is a major new account that places Australia's history fully within a global context, drawing on sources from the United States, Britain, South Africa, and Canada, as well as within Australia itself.

In a compelling narrative, acclaimed historian Frank Welsh traces the history of the land from scattered convict settlements to the formation of the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901 and on to today's thriving independent nation, exposing many national myths in the process. This book also explores the dark side of Australia's history: the long-continued "White Australia" policy, which bedeviled foreign policy for more than a century; the still-tortured official relationship with the Aboriginal peoples; the subordination of women; and the flaws in the constitution. Also examined is Australia's uneasy relationship with its Asian neighbors, and its isolation from Britain and the United States, its traditional allies.

Original, provocative, and witty, Australia is the most comprehensive single-volume history of Australia yet published. It makes a strong claim to becoming the standard work on this fascinating and often misunderstood country.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585678617
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
07/29/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
768
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations and Maps     xi
Acknowledgements     xiii
Introduction     xxxi
Terra Australis Nondum Cognita
Terra Nullius?     1
The Land and the People     13
'Matter of advantageous Return'     28
The New Australians
'The Finest Harbour in the Universe'     35
'The Dread of Perishing by Famine'     44
'The Disordered and Helpless'     47
An Irish Parenthesis     51
Mr Boston's Sow     52
Pure Bred Merinos     61
'A long era of opulence and peace'     64
'Kind ruler, husband, father, friend - What more can human nature blend?'     70
Whigs and Tories
'A body of really respectable Settlers'     80
'A perfect martinet'     88
A Letter from Sydney     96
'People whose proprietary title to the soil we have not the slightest grounds for disputing'     99
Occupied Notices
'The moral Governor of the world will hold us accountable'     104
The Black War     114
'Persons of violent uncontrollable passions'     121
Batman's Colony     126
Real Black Gentlemen     130
'The whole of New Holland'     134
A NonconformistEden     139
Moreton Bay and Places North     147
Representative Government
'Extravagant and absurd pretensions'     151
'If you wouldn't become a kangaroo'     159
A Convenient Change of Nomenclature     163
'Extreme inconvenience and loss'     173
The Systematic Violation of the Law     178
The Capacity to Govern Themselves
'The freedom and the institutions of the mother country'     184
Victoria Victorious     200
Gold     203
Eureka     209
The Transition to Responsible Government
New South Wales     216
Cocky Farmers     221
'Constitution-tinkering is here continual'     223
South Australia     226
Tasmania     230
Queensland     233
Exploration and Expansion
Waiting 'for something to turn up'     236
South Australia's Delusions of Grandeur     248
'They must act in the matter as they please'     257
'A happy application of good sense'     261
Federation
Colonial Quarrels     267
'The magnitude of their ideas is appalling'     275
The Federal Council     281
The Great Depression     291
A Second Commonwealth     296
Republicans and Nationalists     304
The True History of the Kelly Gang     307
Sport     317
'What will it cost us to join?'     320
'To assist and explain'     328
War     330
The Commonwealth Feels its Way
'That's the Empire ... And that's what I'm painting'     334
'A working man's paradise'     340
Votes for Women     347
A Two-Party System     353
Defence     356
War and Peace
'The liberties of the smaller nations'     363
What, it might be asked, was it all for?     371
'That's about the size of it, Mr President'     379
Setting the Mould     386
Labor's Death Wish     395
Bridges and Bowlers     400
Recovery     403
The Far East is our Near North     407
Ambling Along     417
The Second World War and its Aftermath
A Public Lynching     420
The Home Front     437
Foreign Affairs     444
Menzies is Back     450
Australia in Asia     459
The Shadows of Vietnam
A Third Force     462
New Alliances      466
'Konfrontasi'     469
Menzies' Big Mistake     473
The Second Eleven     483
'Smoothing the pillow of a dying race'     486
It's Time
Crashing Through and Out     502
Was the Ref. Fixed?     515
Britain Declares Independence     519
The Liberals Return     522
New Labor     531
At Last     542
The Coalition Strikes Back     556
Australian and British rulers     573
Notes     579
Bibliography     647
Index     673

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