A History of Queensland
A History of Queensland is the first single volume analysis of Queensland's past, stretching from the time of earliest human habitation up to the present. It encompasses pre-contact Aboriginal history, the years of convictism, free settlement and subsequent urban and rural growth. It takes the reader through the tumultuous frontier and Federation years, the World Wars, the Cold War, the controversial Bjelke-Petersen era and on, beyond the beginning of the new millennium. It reveals Queensland as a sprawling, harsh, diverse and conflictual place, where the struggles of race, ethnicity, class, generation and gender have been particularly pronounced, and political and environmental encounters have remained intense. It is a colourful, surprising and at times disturbing saga, a perplexing and diverting mixture of ferocity, endurance and optimism.
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A History of Queensland is a well written, broad take on the history of the Australian State of Queensland from pre-historic to 2005 written by Queensland academic Raymond Evans. It is aimed squarely ... Read full review
This book is compulsive reading, even for people who do not normally read history texts. It is compellingly written, with a beautiful prose style, which beckons the reader on. I did not think that the History of Queensland would be so exciting. But this book covers many themes normally overlooked in general histories. It does not simply deal with the Anglo-Celtic population core, but brings in the histories of often despised minorities, both racial and ethnic, as well as the histories of women and of the environment. It welds these together in an exciting narrative that builds layer upon layer into quite an amazing story. The chapters on Statehood 1882-1905 and Hubris, on the Bjelke-Petersen years, are the highlights of the book for me.