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Forgotten War - Henry Reynolds

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Australia is dotted with memorials to soldiers who fought in wars overseas. Why are there no official memorials or commemorations of the wars that were fought on Australian soil between Aborigines and white colonists? Why is it more controversial to talk about the frontier war now than it was one hundred years ago? Forgotten War continues the story told in Henry Reynolds seminal book The Other Side of the Frontier, which argued that the settlement of Australia had a high level of violence and conflict that we chose to ignore. That book prompted a flowering of research and fieldwork that Reynolds draws on here to give a thorough and systematic account of what caused the frontier wars between white colonists and Aborigines, how many people died and whether the colonists themselves saw frontier conflict as a form of warfare. It is particularly timely as we approach the centenary of WWI. This powerful book makes it clear that there can be no reconciliation without acknowledging the wars fought on our own soil.

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Henry Reynolds (born 1 March 1938) is an eminent Australian historian whose primary work has focused on the frontier conflict between European settlement of Australia and indigenous Australians.

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    Heart wrenching, riveting, a confronting history of Australia. I now know what my granny meant when she said (she would be 135 now) "yes we fought the blacks, we fought them alright". Well refenced.

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    GREAT READ !....HORRIBLE HISTORY

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      easy read, well written but a disturbingly frank account of early Australian history.

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      'A brilliant light shone into a dark forgetfulness: groundbreaking, authoritative, compelling.' - Kate Grenville

      ISBN: 9781742233925
      ISBN-10: 1742233929
      Audience: Tertiary; University or College
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 288
      Published: 1st July 2013
      Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.5  x 2.3
      Weight (kg): 0.34