A Shorter History of Australia

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Random House Australia, 2009 - History - 324 pages
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`Part of Blainey's magic is that his words float off the page. Here, too, are the puzzles, oddities and offbeat comparisons of his restless, quirky intelligence, constantly astonished and endlessly engaging.'- John Hirst, the age

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 that have created and shaped the Australian identity: the 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 our Aboriginal past and native title; the economic booms and busts; the successes and failures of the nation.

For this enlarged edition, Blainey has expanded or rewritten some of the crucial episodes and added new chapters on significant events of recent decades. The final chapter boldly asks: what made Australia's history so distinctive? He shows two decisive factors weaving in and out, again and again, over 50,000 years.
  

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Review: A Shorter History Of Australia

User Review  - Monte Lamb - Goodreads

This is an overview of Australian history. It mostly focuses on the social history, but does include other facets. It gives a good idea of how the country has developed. It is easy to read and still interesting. Read full review

Review: A Shorter History Of Australia

User Review  - Colin - Goodreads

The kindest thing you can say about this book is that it is old-fashioned. But there were times when I was going through it when I felt it was reprehensible. The author seems not terribly interested ... Read full review

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Contents

When sea was land
3
The coming clash
17
A poor paradise
25
Arabs of the grasslands
39
The fading of the yellow flannel
53
Part Two The Land I Love
69
The first gold rushes
71
The age of the marvellous
88
The war to end war
169
What an unlimited future
183
A tidal wave from Japan
203
A car and a mountain
217
Black and green resurrection
243
A nation on walkabout
258
the Queen and Mr Mabo
271
The vast open spaces
284

Eyes
111
The rise of the sporting hero
122
Riding the disaster
133
The flush of violet
143
Part Three From Gallipoli to Uluru
167
Sails and anchors
295
A short chronicle of Australian history
305
Further reading
310
Index
314
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About the author (2009)

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.

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