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A Concise History of Australia

3rd Edition

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  • Date Published: June 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521516082

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About the Authors
  • Australia is the last continent to be settled by Europeans, but it also sustains a people and a culture tens of thousands years old. For much of the past 200 years the newcomers have sought to replace the old with the new. This book tells how they imposed themselves on the land, and brought technology, institutions and ideas to make it their own. It relates the advance from penal colony to a prosperous free nation and illustrates how, as a nation created by waves of newcomers, the search for binding traditions was long frustrated by the feeling of rootlessness, until it came to terms with its origins. The third edition of this acclaimed book recounts the key factors - social, economic and political - that have shaped modern-day Australia. It covers the rise and fall of the Howard government, the 2007 election and the apology to the stolen generation. More than ever before, Australians draw on the past to understand their future.

    • Written by one of Australia's most respected historians
    • A lively and clear narrative history accessible to general readers
    • This revised edition brings the Australian story up to date, covering the defeat of Keating, the Howard years, and the election of Kevin Rudd's Labor government
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'At long last here is an accessible, sensible, learned and digestible history of Australia. It is a triumph of Stuart Macintyre's notable scholarship that he has come up with a book that is concise - not brief, not abbreviated - sharp and to the point … this is a tremendously useful tool for locals and outsiders. It should sit on every Australian's bookshelf, next to the dictionary and the atlas.' Nick Richardson, Herald-Sun

    'It's a splendid piece of work and it belongs to a noble tradition … It conveys throughout a joy in writing history, in mastering the detail of the past - a joy especially in struggling with the soul of the country.' Alan Atkinson, Sydney Morning Herald

    'Macintyre's book is the best short history of Australia since Manning Clark's classic of 1963.' The Times Literary Supplement

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    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: June 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521516082
    • length: 368 pages
    • dimensions: 223 x 146 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    1. Beginnings
    2. Newcomers, c. 1600–1792
    3. Coercion, 1793–1821
    4. Emancipation, 1822–1850
    5. In thrall to progress, 1851–1888
    6. National reconstruction, 1889–1913
    7. Sacrifice, 1914–1945
    8. Golden age, 1946–1974
    9. Reinventing Australia, 1975–2008
    10. What next?
    Sources of quotations
    Guide to further reading

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • First Contact and its Repercussions: European Setters and Indigenous Peoples
  • Author

    Stuart Macintyre, University of Melbourne
    Stuart Macintyre is the Ernest Scott Professor of History at the University of Melbourne.

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