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

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Macmillan, 2001 - Australia - 413 pages
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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This is a splendid book and should be on the shelves of anyone interested in Australia. It tells the story of Australia's progress from the early days of settlement in the late 18th century until the nation emerged as a modern country in the 21st century.
It is so clearly written that it is a pleasure to read and as an older Australian, I discovered more information about my homeland than I had previously known. I feel honoured to have read this
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About the author (2001)

Geoffrey Blainey has been Professor of Economic History and Ernest Scott Professor of History at the University of Melbourne, and Professor of Australian Studies at Harvard. His other books include "Triumph of the Nomads", "A Land Half Won" and "Our Side of the Country". He lives in Melbourne.

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