The History Of Australia

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Australian history has been written for over two centuries beginning with European explorers and colonists attempting to convey something of the complexity of the strange upside-down world they encountered in the southern hemisphere. Of course, aboriginal peoples had lived in Australia for millennia before the arrival of the whites. Modern Australia has its foundations in these two cultural strands. Intertwined with these are the impact of colonialism and federation, indentured servitude and convict transportation, the effects of El NiƱo on European-style farming techniques, gold rushes, and longstanding issues of ethnicity, immigration, and religious tolerance. Covering these topics and more, this most recent and up-to date narrative history of Australia includes a timeline of major events, a biographic sketches of noteworthy historical figures, and a bibliographic essay.

Noted historian of Australia, Francis Clarke, provides a complete, comprehensive, and contemporary account of the political, economic, and cultural forces of each period of Australian history and gives readers a clear understanding of the many factors that have shaped the country. Written for a general audience, The History of Australia is the perfect introduction to Land Down Under.

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A general history of Australia from the time of the arrival of human beings to the present. Clarke (history, Macquarie U., Australia) attempts to steer a centrist path that recognizes aboriginal loss and disempowerment yet avoids a "partisan and inflexible position." Proceeding roughly chronologically, he focuses on political and economic developments. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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FRANK G. CLARKE is Professor of History at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia and the author of six books and many articles and book reviews in the area of Australian History. He is also a regular broadcaster on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) national radio programs.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Timeline of Historical Events
1 The Nuts and Bolts of Modern Australia 1
2 Aboriginal Australia (c. 65,000 B.C.E.-C.E. Eighteenth Century) 9
3 European Arrivals and Colonization (Seventeenth Century-1830) 21
4 Riding on the Sheep's Back (1831-1855) 41
5 Gold and the Long Boom (1856-1890) 61
6 The Bubble Bursts and the Road to Federation (1891-1900) 79
7 Advance Australia Fair (1901-1919) 95
8 A Land Fit for Heroes and the Great Bust (1920-1939) 113
9 War, Reconstruction, and the Cold War (1940-1966) 133
10 Vietnam, People Power, and the Conservative Resurgence (1967-1983) 153
11 Deconstruction and Multiculturalism (1984-1996) 171
12 Mutual Obligation and the Conservative Revival (1997-2001) 193
13 Advance Australia Where? (2001 and Beyond) 205
Notable People in the History of Australia 213
Notes 219
Bibliographic Essay 225
Index 229
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