The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia's Founding

The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia's Founding

by Robert Hughes

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In this bestselling account of the colonization of Australia, Robert Hughes explores how the convict transportation system created the country we know today.

Digging deep into the dark history of England's infamous efforts to move 160,000 men and women thousands of miles to the other side of the world in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Hughes has crafted a groundbreaking, definitive account of the settling of Australia.

Tracing the European presence in Australia from early explorations through the rise and fall of the penal colonies, and featuring 16 pages of illustrations and 3 maps, The Fatal Shore brings to life the incredible true history of a country we thought we knew.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780394753669
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/12/1988
Edition description: 1st Vintage Books edition
Pages: 752
Sales rank: 143,441
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Robert Hughes was born in Australia in 1938. In 1970, he moved to the United States to become chief art critic for Time, a position he held until 2001. His books include The Shock of the New, The Fatal Shore, Nothing if Not Critical, The Culture of Complaint, Barcelona, American Visions, A Jerk on One End, Goya, Things I Didn’t Know, and Rome.  He is a New York Public Library Literary Lion and was the recipient of a number of literary awards and prizes, including two Frank Jewell-Mather Awards. He is widely held as the most respected art critic of our time.

Table of Contents

1The Harbor and the Exiles1
2A Horse Foaled by an Acorn19
3The Geographical Unconscious43
4The Starvation Years84
5The Voyage129
6Who Were the Convicts?158
7Bolters and Bushrangers203
8Bunters, Mollies and Sable Brethren244
9The Government Stroke282
10Gentlemen of New South Wales323
11To Plough Van Diemen's Land368
13Norfolk Island460
14Toward Abolition485
15A Special Scourge523
16The Aristocracy Be We561
17The End of the System581
Appendix 1Governors and Chief Executives of New South Wales, 1788-1855607
Appendix 2Chief Executives of Van Diemen's Land, 1803-53607
Appendix 3Secretaries of State for the Colonies, 1794-1855608

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