Australia: A New History of the Great Southern Land

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Overlook Press, 2006 - History - 719 pages
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"Australia: A New History of the Great Southern Land is a major new account that places Australia's history fully within a global context, drawing on sources from the United States, Britain, South Africa, and Canada, as well as within Australia itself." "In a compelling narrative, acclaimed historian Frank Welsh traces the history of the land from scattered convict settlements to the formation of the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901 and on to today's thriving independent nation, exposing many national myths in the process. This book also explores the dark side of Australia's history: the long-continued "White Australia" policy, which bedeviled foreign policy for more than a century; the still-tortured official relationship with the Aboriginal peoples; the subordination of women; and the flaws in the constitution. Also examined is Australia's uneasy relationship with its Asian neighbors, and its isolation from Britain and the United States, its traditional allies."--BOOK JACKET.

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Australia : A New History of the Great Southern Land

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Welsh (The Four Nations: A History of the United Kingdom ) likes to tackle big projects. Noting at the outset that he is in fact English, he writes effusively about Australia, citing UN indexes on ... Read full review

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Perhaps one reason I seldom read histories is that the authors don't try to tell a story; this book is no exception. It is a competently written chronological history of a wonderful land. After about ... Read full review

Contents

Terra Australis Nondum Cognita
1
The Land and the People
13
Matter of advantageous Return
28
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

Welsh was born in England and educated at Cambridge University. He is a trained historian.

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