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

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Macmillan, 2001 - Australia - 413 pages
"The Tyranny of Distance is the classic account of how Australia's geographical remoteness has been central to shaping our history and identity - and how it will continue to form our future. As well as being hailed as a work of enduring scholarship, The Tyranny of Distance brings our history to life. Geoffrey Blainey recounts the fascinating story of Australia's development, from Captain Cook's bold voyages and the hardships of the early settlers, through to the challenges we face in the world today. This revised and updated edition of The Tyranny of Distance examines how distance and isolation, while tamed, have always been and will remain vital to Australia's development, even in the twenty-first century 'global village'" -- Book jacket.

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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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