The Tyranny of Distance: How Distance Shaped Australia's History

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Macmillan, 2001 - Australia - 413 pages
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Third edition of a landmark Australian history text first published 1966 - its title has become common parlance. Argues that Australia's geographical remoteness has been central to shaping the country's history and identity and will continue to shape its future. This edition includes a new final chapter that asks 'Is Distance Dead?', and there are substantial additions to the preceding two chapters. Includes maps, notes and index. From 1968 to 1988, author was Professor of Economic History and Ernest Scott Professor of History at the University of Melbourne. His other books include 'Triumph of the Nomads' and 'A Short History of the World'.

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User Review  - questbird - LibraryThing

(Notes from my reading in 2001) Excellent history of Australia, especially economic history. (further notes, 2013) I particularly liked the descriptions of winds and seaborne navigation to Australia. Read full review

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User Review  - robeik - LibraryThing

This book takes and curious and fascinating approach to the history of Australia. It presents and argues a thesis that distance was the most important element in the forming of the Antipodes ... Read full review

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