A History of Queensland

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 5, 2007 - History - 328 pages
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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

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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.  

Contents

Section 1
4
Section 2
25
Section 3
31
Section 4
41
Section 5
48
Section 6
51
Section 7
57
Section 8
67
Section 13
136
Section 14
147
Section 15
158
Section 16
186
Section 17
198
Section 18
219
Section 19
225
Section 20
226

Section 9
78
Section 10
86
Section 11
108
Section 12
116
Section 21
235
Section 22
249
Section 23
267

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About the author (2007)

Raymond Evans is an Adjunct Professor with the Centre for Public Culture and Ideas, School of Humanities at Griffith University, and Honorary Reader with the Australian Studies Centre and the School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics at the University of Queensland.

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