A History of Australia

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For tens of thousands of years, humans have imagined, visited and inhabited Australia as a place in which to make a future. From the first explorers, who sailed and eventually settled into the inlets and river mouths of the northern coast some sixty or eighty thousand years ago via the transportations of the eighteenth century to the anxious border controls of the twenty-first, and through the great migrations of the centuries in between, Australia's story-and its place in the world-have been shaped by movement ...

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Overview

For tens of thousands of years, humans have imagined, visited and inhabited Australia as a place in which to make a future. From the first explorers, who sailed and eventually settled into the inlets and river mouths of the northern coast some sixty or eighty thousand years ago via the transportations of the eighteenth century to the anxious border controls of the twenty-first, and through the great migrations of the centuries in between, Australia's story-and its place in the world-have been shaped by movement and mobility. Mark Peel's History of Australia is an event- and issue-based history of Australia with a clear chronological narrative which succeeds brilliantly in bringing to life the ideas, hopes and journeys -- both physical and otherwise -- of Australians past and present.

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"A successful collaboration between two historians who have pooled their talents to produce a 'people's history' of Australia, offering a fresh perspective on the nation's history, written in a clear, engaging and consistent style." — Zora Simic, Lecturer in Australian Studies, University of New South Wales, Australia
 
"An energetic and multifaceted history of Australia that illuminates a rich national story interlinked within an international context....the book achieves its aim of rendering Australia's past, and the challenges the country has faced and met, with aplomb." — Patricia O'Brien, Georgetown University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230001640
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Series: Palgrave Essential Histories Series
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 830,232
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

MARK PEEL is Associate Professor in the School of Historical Studies at Monash University, where he teaches Australian, Comparative and American History. His publications include Good Times, Hard Times: The Past and the Future in Elizabeth, which was short-listed for Non-Fiction in the 1995 Age Book of the Year Award and A Little History of Australia.

CHRISTINA TWOMEY is Associate Professor of History at Monash University, Australia. She has published widely on the cultural history of war, and is the author of Australia's Forgotten Prisoners: Civilians Interned by the Japanese in World War II and Deserted and Destitute: Motherhood, Wife Desertion and Colonial Welfare.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations List of Maps, Tables and Figures Acknowledgements Introduction First People The Great South Land: 1500-1800
Britain's Prison: Convicts, Settlers and Indigenous People: 1788-1802
Free and Unfree: Reforming New South Wales: 1803-1829
New Australias: 1829-1849
The Golden Lands: 1850-1868
At the Forefront of the Race: 1868-1888
A Truly New World: 1888-1901
A Protective Nation: 1901-1914
A Nation at War: 1914-1918
A Nation Divided: 1919-1939
Defending Australia: 1939-1949
Security: 1949-1963
Dissent and Social Change: 1964-1979
Global Nation: 1980-2010
Notes Further Reading Index

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