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Economics and the Dreamtime : A Hypothetical History - Noel George Butlin

Economics and the Dreamtime

A Hypothetical History

Paperback Published: 13th December 1993
ISBN: 9780521438209
Number Of Pages: 266

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It is a common perception that the influence of the Aborigines on British settlement in Australia was minimal. The economic significance of Aboriginal culture for the colonisers is rarely addressed and until now, has not been closely studied by an economic historian. This imaginative book presents a concept of a pre-European Aboriginal economy. It shows how an Aboriginal presence over millennia shaped the local environment and responded to it, so that the Aboriginal economy developed into an ordered system of decision-making able to satisfy the wants of the people. The book closely analyses the processes which allowed economic control of a country to pass from Aboriginal to European hands within 60 years of settlement. Professor Butlin's presentation of the contrast between one of the world's most ancient economies and one of its youngest is both illuminating and exciting.

"As a major contribution to world systems theory, this study should be held by every anthropological and economic research library." Choice

The Palaeconomic History of Aboriginal Migration
Conventional views and alternative approaches
Non-Malthusian issues: pathways and innovations
Malthusian potential in Aboriginal migration
Some possible migration scenarios
Development, Structure and Function of Aboriginal Economy
The process of early settlement
Variety in pre-contact Aboriginal economy
The nature and function of Aboriginal economy
Dynamic elements in Aboriginal society
Disease, Economics and Demography
The problem of an exposed population
Re-estimating precontact numbers
Turning the models around
Establishing a Bridgehead Colonial Economy to 1809
History and theory
Free lunches antipodean style
The general conditions of success
The Take-Over Process To 1850
British development in the long run
The Hunter gatherers of Empire
British, American and Macassan presence in the takeover
The major players
Aborigines and British law
Economics in the takeover
The significance of disease
Interaction of disease, resistance, integration and submission
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ISBN: 9780521438209
ISBN-10: 0521438209
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 266
Published: 13th December 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.57