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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.
|1||Terra Australis nondum cognita|
|2||The New Australians|
|3||Whigs and tories|
|6||The capacity of govern themselves|
|7||The transition to responsible government|
|8||Exploration and expansion|
|10||The commonwealth feels its way|
|11||War and peace|
|12||The Second World War and its aftermath|
|13||The shadows of Vietnam|
|15||The coalition strikes back|
|App||Australian and British rulers|