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A Concise History of Australia : The Cambridge Concise Histories Series - Stuart Macintyre

A Concise History of Australia

The Cambridge Concise Histories Series


Published: 29th June 2009
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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.

About the Author

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


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    Comments about A Concise History of Australia:

    This book was required reading for a uni course. It is obvious that this author is a friend of the lecturer, otherwise it would not be used.
    Anyone that apologises for Communism is deluded. The planet is littered with the dead of this failed form of brutal government.
    Additionally, the focus is on minor events that are not nation building and on those that were detrimental to Australian advancement.
    Don't bother with this book.

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    '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

    List of illustrationsp. x
    Acknowledgementsp. xii
    Beginningsp. 1
    Newcomers, c. 1600-1792p. 16
    Coercion, 1793-1821p. 35
    Emancipation, 1822-1850p. 53
    In thrall to progress, 1851-1888p. 86
    National reconstruction, 1889-1913p. 122
    Sacrifice, 1914-1945p. 156
    Golden age, 1946-1974p. 200
    Reinventing Australia, 1975-2008p. 243
    What next?p. 302
    Sources of quotationsp. 309
    Guide to further readingp. 326
    Indexp. 339
    Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

    ISBN: 9780521735933
    ISBN-10: 0521735939
    Series: Cambridge Concise Histories
    Audience: Tertiary; University or College
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 368
    Published: 29th June 2009
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.1  x 1.9
    Weight (kg): 0.42
    Edition Number: 3