A Concise History of Australia

A Concise History of Australia

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by Stuart Macintyre
     
 

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

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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:
9780521623599
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/10/2000
Series:
Cambridge Concise Histories Series
Pages:
334
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

1Beginnings1
2Newcomers, c. 1600-179216
3Coercion, 1793-182134
4Emancipation, 1822-185052
5In thrall to progress, 1851-188885
6National reconstruction, 1889-1913121
7Sacrifice, 1914-1945156
8Golden age, 1946-1974199
9Reinventing Australia, 1975-2004242
10What next?291

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