After a lifetime of research and debate on Australian and international history, Geoffrey Blainey is well-placed to introduce us to the people who have played a part and to guide us through the events which have created the Australian identitythe mania for spectator sport, the suspicion of the tall poppy, the rivalries of Catholic and Protestant, Sydney and Melbourne, new and old homelands, the conflicts of war abroad and race at home, the importance of technology, the recognition of the Australian Aboriginal past and Native Title, the successes and failures of the nation. He has described significant events and trends of the early-20th century. A final chapter boldly asked: what made Australia's history so distinctive? He shows two decisive factorsdistance and climateweaving in and out, again and again, over 50,000 years.
About the Author
Geoffrey Blainey is an Australian historian and a conservative political commentator. He has written more than 30 books, including The Causes of War, A Short History of the 20th Century, and A Short History of the World.