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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.

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

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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.

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Star Strider, January 30, 2012 (view all comments by Star Strider)
This superb and extraordinarily readable history of Australia by Professor Stuart Macintyre, awarded the Order of Australia in 2012 for contributions to Australian social history, is an enticing introduction to a nation that has surprising parallels to U.S. history. Those parallels begin with the American Revolution directly leading to the British colonization of Australia. Professor Macintyre traces Australia from its geological origins and geography through the Aboriginal migration and subsequent European colonization, exploration, and settlement. Told from the perspective of Australian social history, Australia emerges as a nation with its own unique culture and social structure. While not immune from the ravages of bushrangers (outlaws), corruption, and political intrigue, Australia has developed into a significant contributor to the world’s cultural, scientific, economic, and political life. A fascinating history in its own right, but necessarily concise as its title describes, it has enticed me to read further in the history and culture of Australia, while itself always remaining a valuable reference. As a companion to it, I suggest _The Literature of Australia_.
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ISBN:
9780521735933
Author:
Macintyre, Stuart
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
Melbourne
Subject:
Australia & New Zealand - General
Subject:
Australia & New Zealand - Australia
Subject:
World History-Australia and New Zealand
Subject:
Australia & Oceania
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Cambridge Concise Histories
Publication Date:
20090631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.40x5.40x.90 in. 1.00 lbs.

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