The Oxford Companion to Australian History / Edition 2

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The Companion draws on the latest scholarship and covers the people, institutions, and events that have shaped Australian society, politics, and culture. It is edited by three of Australia's finest historians - Graeme Davison, John Hirst, and Stuart Macintyre - and includes contributions from 317 scholars and writers throughout Australia.. "The Companion contains approximately 1600 entries, ranging from essays of up to 2000 words to succinct, factual entries of 100 words. There are entries on politicians, colonisers, visionaries, newspaper barons, industrialists, explorers, writers, artists, and scientists. All the most famous Australians appear in the Companion, including Don Bradman, Ned Kelly, John Curtin, Joan Sutherland, and Patrick White. There are entries on the states, key institutions, prominent families, and famous or infamous events, such as Gallipoli, the Dismissal, the Rum Rebellion, and the Waterloo Creek Massacre. There are numerous extended essays on key facets of our national life - political, social, cultural, scientific, military, and economic. Readers will find incisive entries on matters such as art, capital punishment, gambling, language, literature, military history, and republicanism.
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Editorial Reviews

Geoffrey Blainey
Various readers will disagree with many of the interpolations, but probably will still respect the book. As far as one can judge, it is generally accurate in that narrow factual sense which is important to most readers who consult reference works....Many of the major articles in The Oxford Companion to Australian History say something new with clarity and pithiness. The three editors deserve praise, not least because they themselves have written many of the major articles commenting with insight even on fields that are not their own.
—From The Times Literary Supplement.
From the Publisher

"Recommended for all academic libraries; clearly the best work of its kind and likely to remain so."--Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195515039
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 744
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 2.20 (d)

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Monash University

La Trobe University

University of Melbourne

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