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The history of Australia
Clarke, F. G. (Francis Gordon), 1943-
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
xvi, 236 pages ; 24 cm.
Reading Level:
1530 Lexile.
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Australian history has been written for over two centuries beginning with European explorers and colonists attempting to convey something of the complexity of the strange upside-down world they encountered in the southern hemisphere. Of course, aboriginal peoples had lived in Australia for millennia before the arrival of the whites. Modern Australia has its foundations in these two cultural strands. Intertwined with these are the impact of colonialism and federation, indentured servitude and convict transportation, the effects of El Niño on European-style farming techniques, gold rushes, and longstanding issues of ethnicity, immigration, and religious tolerance. Covering these topics and more, this most recent and up-to date narrative history of Australia includes a timeline of major events, a biographic sketches of noteworthy historical figures, and a bibliographic essay.

Noted historian of Australia, Francis Clarke, provides a complete, comprehensive, and contemporary account of the political, economic, and cultural forces of each period of Australian history and gives readers a clear understanding of the many factors that have shaped the country. Written for a general audience, The History of Australia is the perfect introduction to Land Down Under.

Author Notes

FRANK G. CLARKE is Professor of History at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia and the author of six books and many articles and book reviews in the area of Australian History. He is also a regular broadcaster on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) national radio programs.

Table of Contents

Frank W. Thackeray and John E. Findling
Series Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. xi
Timeline of Historical Eventsp. xiii
1 The Nuts and Bolts of Modern Australiap. 1
2 Aboriginal Australia (c. 65,000 B.C.E.-C.E. Eighteenth Century)p. 9
3 European Arrivals and Colonization (Seventeenth Century-1830)p. 21
4 Riding on the Sheep's Back (1831-1855)p. 41
5 Gold and the Long Boom (1856-1890)p. 61
6 The Bubble Bursts and the Road to Federation (1891-1900)p. 79
7 Advance Australia Fair (1901-1919)p. 95
8 A Land Fit for Heroes and the Great Bust (1920-1939)p. 113
9 War, Reconstruction, and the Cold War (1940-1966)p. 133
10 Vietnam, People Power, and the Conservative Resurgence (1967-1983)p. 153
11 Deconstruction and Multiculturalism (1984-1996)p. 171
12 Mutual Obligation and the Conservative Revival (1997-2001)p. 193
13 Advance Australia Where? (2001 and Beyond)p. 205
Notable People in the History of Australiap. 213
Notesp. 219
Bibliographic Essayp. 225
Indexp. 229