The History of Australia

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002 - History - 236 pages
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Australian history has been written for over two centuries beginning with European explorers and colonists attempting to convey something of the complexity of the strange upside-down world they encountered in the southern hemisphere. Of course, aboriginal peoples had lived in Australia for millennia before the arrival of the whites. Modern Australia has its foundations in these two cultural strands. Intertwined with these are the impact of colonialism and federation, indentured servitude and convict transportation, the effects of El Niņo on European-style farming techniques, gold rushes, and longstanding issues of ethnicity, immigration, and religious tolerance. Covering these topics and more, this most recent and up-to date narrative history of Australia includes a timeline of major events, a biographic sketches of noteworthy historical figures, and a bibliographic essay.

Noted historian of Australia, Francis Clarke, provides a complete, comprehensive, and contemporary account of the political, economic, and cultural forces of each period of Australian history and gives readers a clear understanding of the many factors that have shaped the country. Written for a general audience, The History of Australia is the perfect introduction to Land Down Under.

  

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Contents

The Nuts and Bolts of Modern Australia
1
Aboriginal Australia c 65000 BCECE Eighteenth Century
9
European Arrivals and Colonization Seventeenth Century1830
21
Riding on the Sheeps Back 18311855
41
Gold and the Long Boom 18561890
61
The Bubble Bursts and the Road to Federation 18911900
79
Advance Australia Fair 19011919
95
A Land Fit for Heroes and the Great Bust 19201939
113
Vietnam People Power and the Conservative Resurgence 19671983
153
Deconstruction and Multiculturalism 19841996
171
Mutual Obligation and the Conservative Revival 19972001
193
Advance Australia Where? 2001 and Beyond
205
Notable People in the History of Australia
213
Notes
219
Bibliographic Essay
225
Index
229

War Reconstruction and the Cold War 19401966
133

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About the author (2002)

FRANK G. CLARKE is Professor of History at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia and the author of six books and many articles and book reviews in the area of Australian History. He is also a regular broadcaster on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) national radio programs.

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