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Great Southern Land: A New History of Australia

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Australia is a dynamic multi-cultural society, viewed by many as the world's most desirable place to live. Here Frank Welsh traces Australia's intriguing and varied history to examine how this society emerged, from its ancient Aborigine tribes and earliest British convict settlements to today's modern nation - one that retains strong links with its colonial past but is inc ...more
Paperback, 768 pages
Published November 24th 2005 by Penguin
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Justin Evans
Aug 20, 2015 Justin Evans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Provided you understand what you're getting, this is a solid history of Australia. What are you getting?

i) a book written by a Brit, not an Australian. This is very good, insofar as he doesn't feel obliged to take sides in Australia's extraordinarily vitriolic historiographical polemics. It's bad in that he doesn't necessarily give you an understanding of what it's like to actually grow up in Australia, i.e., he hates Ned Kelly. Bloody poms. This makes the book particularly useless for those lo
Sep 09, 2009 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, non-fiction
“Australia: A New History of the Great Southern Land” by Frank Welsh is a very good attempt at providing a complete and concise history of Australia from a perspective of Europeans, and from the point where Europeans became aware of it and decided to colonize it. Of course, it isn’t possible to provide much in the way of history from the aboriginal people who have lived there for 40,000 years or so, and that will forever be our loss.

The first chapter covers the growing awareness of the Southern
Perhaps one reason I seldom read histories is that the authors don't try to tell a story; this book is no exception. It is a competently written chronological history of a wonderful land. After about 150 pages, I decided that, because there was no thread other than time, I would start bouncing around and read about topics of interest. What were the Australians up to at Gallipoli? How did the Australian Gold Rush look? What's this stuff about "White Australia?" This last bit is the only truly ign ...more
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