Turning Points in Australian History

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Martin Crotty, David Andrew Roberts
UNSW Press, 2009 - History - 302 pages
‘If only’, ‘what if’ and ‘why didn't we’ are phrases that often come to mind when we look back to the past. This exciting and stimulating book looks back at turning points and crucial moments in Australian history. Rather than arguing that there have been forks on a pre-determined road, the book challenges us to think about other paths or better paths that might have led to different outcomes. It shows that a decisive event often becomes so only in retrospect and that what seemed like a major turning point at the time often had no real impact at all.
 

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Turning Points in Australian History

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Following on from their previous book, The Great Mistakes of Australian History, Crotty and Roberts once again assemble notable Australian historians and thinkers to dissect key events in our past ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The isolation ofthe Tasmanians
18
26 January 1788 The Arrival of the First Fleet and the Foundation of Australia
32
The tabling of the first Bigge report
48
Australias golden age
62
On utopia and class war
74
1 January 1901 Australia Federates Australia Celebrates
87
Trial trauma and thebirth of the nation
100
Contraceptive technology and the sexual revolution
157
An uncertain consensus
171
The beginnings of womens liberation in Australia
184
The government takes control of the national pastime
198
The environment takes centre stage
211
14 May 1986 Paul Keatings Banana Republic Statement and the End of theGolden Age
224
Seventeen days that changed Australia
239
Notes
255

High politics and everyday life in an economic crisis
115
Australia looks to America
129
The introduction of television in Australia
143

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About the author (2009)

\Martin Crotty lectures in history at the University of Queensland. He is the author of Making the Australian Male and has also coedited a number of other works on Australian history, including The Great Mistakes of Australian History, and he is coeditor of the Journal of Australian Studies.

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