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Taming the Great South Land : A History of the Conquest of Nature in Australia - William J. Lines

Taming the Great South Land

A History of the Conquest of Nature in Australia

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Taming the Great South Land is a profound new history of Australia. It tells the story of two centuries of European settlement from the point of view of the land and its indigenous people.
Taming the Great South Land is a powerful and pioneering study and, in the tradition The Fatal Shore, is compelling reading. William Lines combines environmental, social and political history to record 200 years of implacable exploitation of nature. He traces how the Enlightenment ideas of progress, economic growth and development were transported to Australia and employed in the conquest of nature.
From the early slaughter of seals, through land settlement and the gold rushes to British nuclear tests and the modern mining and timber industries, the results of the conquest are written on our landscape. They have been felt most keenly by the indigenous population of the continent. But this is not a uniquely Australian story: its pattern runs through the history of the developed countries of the world.
Taming the Great South Land is an epic saga of the human impact on the Australian environment.

Note on measurement
A continent adriftp. 1
Terri Incognitap. 14
No Edenp. 27
A camping ground for profitp. 54
Dark deeds in a sunny landp. 88
To the firing linep. 127
An undeveloped enterprisep. 163
World quarryp. 196
Not by conquestp. 232
Epiloguep. 271
Afterwordp. 280
Endnotesp. 290
Bibliographyp. 313
Illustration creditsp. 329
Indexp. 333
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780520078307
ISBN-10: 0520078306
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Published: 1st January 1992
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.75