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A Concise History of Australia (Cambridge Concise Histories) [Paperback]

Professor Stuart Macintyre
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29 Jun 2009 Cambridge Concise Histories
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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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 3 edition (29 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521735939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521735933
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 342,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'At long last here is an accessible, sensible, learned and digestible history of Australia. It is a triumph of Stuart Macintyre's notable scholarship that he has come up with a book that is concise - not brief, not abbreviated - sharp and to the point … this is a tremendously useful tool for locals and outsiders. It should sit on every Australian's bookshelf, next to the dictionary and the atlas.' Nick Richardson, Herald-Sun

'It's a splendid piece of work and it belongs to a noble tradition … It conveys throughout a joy in writing history, in mastering the detail of the past - a joy especially in struggling with the soul of the country.' Alan Atkinson, Sydney Morning Herald

'Macintyre's book is the best short history of Australia since Manning Clark's classic of 1963.' Times Literary Supplement

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative 20 Dec 2008
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A well balanced and informative account of the history of Australia in one volume. In may ways this work leaves room for inquisitive exploration outside of this volume by the reader, rather than make a hash of it within a book of this size: thereby concentrating the focus of inquiry on exactly what is fundamentally important to know.
If you want a scholarly and comprehensive articulation of Australia, look no further. If you are looking for a narrative with interesting tidbits - this isn't for you.
In a nutshell, great value for money. The only 'history' of Australia I'll ever need.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read! 2 Nov 2009
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I'm not mad on historical books ordinarily but I bought this book for my Dad and had a nose through it before giving it to him. I found it hard to put down and in the end read some big chunks of it before handing it over. The pictures throughout are great and the book is written in a very accessible way. I'm looking forward to my Dad reading it so I can steal it back and read the rest of it myself!
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5.0 out of 5 stars All you need to know about Australian history 10 Nov 2004
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For a seminar I needed some fundamental information about Australian history, and I am very glad that I have discovered Stuart Macintyre's "Concise History"! The book provides solid information and is enjoyable to read. It addresses the needs of people who know nothing about Australia, but I guess it is also a useful reference book for those who are already somewhat familiar with the Continent's history. The book begins at the beginning (1770) and provides information up to our day and age. It is well structured. The author tries to be as unbiased as possible (he succeeds) and does address touchy issues, such as the changing but still difficult relationship between the aborigines and those who came later and the attitude to immigrants ("Whites, please!"). For all the quotations, sources are mentioned, and the "Guide to further reading" is good and comprehensive. A book well worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Concise History of Australia 16 Dec 2012
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An excellent read -interesting, informative and no punches were pulled. So much better than other books on this subject. The prose is interspersed with very interesting ittlustrations , most of which are line drawings in black and white. For anyone who wishes to read a good factual history of Australia this is IT.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Godsend Of A Book 31 Jan 2002
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This is the exact book that a tutor of mine at university was ramming down our throats recently, and, predictably, only a handful of us could be bothered to actually buy it.
But it's really easy to read and understand, it's not heavy or patronising at all, it's great. I used it now and again for exam revision, passed the exam by a mile, then actually read the whole thing out of interest. Top book.
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