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Multiethnic Australia: Its History and Future
     

Multiethnic Australia: Its History and Future

by Celeste Lipow MacLeod
 

After once trying to keep its population white and predominantly British, Australia reversed course. Since 1947 it has absorbed five million immigrants from some 240 countries and places around the globe, with increasing numbers from Asian nations. In time, the country developed a multicultural outlook that encourages immigrants as well as indigenous people to

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After once trying to keep its population white and predominantly British, Australia reversed course. Since 1947 it has absorbed five million immigrants from some 240 countries and places around the globe, with increasing numbers from Asian nations. In time, the country developed a multicultural outlook that encourages immigrants as well as indigenous people to retain their traditional cultures while also becoming loyal Australians.

This book examines Australia past and present to show why immigration policies changed, the conflicts the new policies caused and the benefits they brought. The last chapters view Australia in relation to world events: the economic rise of China, the impact of the Bali bombing in 2002 and the arrival of boat refugees from Middle Eastern nations. The result is a thorough and thoughtful consideration of Australia as a multiethnic society, including current challenges and the nation's potential to play a larger role in its Asia Pacific region.

Editorial Reviews

Choice
anyone interested in knowing how Australia was settled, grew, prospered and came to accept a multicultural identity can benefit from consulting this slender and spritely volume.... Recommended
The Institute for Historical Study Newsletter
a concise yet highly detailed social history of Australia...relates, in crisp prose, the dynamic story of this ethnic change
Australian National University - Dr. James Jupp
"Does a great job in putting migration and ethnicity at the centre...a very good and readable book. I recommend it highly"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786425228
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/2006
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Writer Celeste Lipow MacLeod lives in Berkeley, California.

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