Kenneth Morgan

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199589937
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191778001 | DOI:

Series: Very Short Introductions


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Australia: A Very Short Introduction provides a wide-ranging introduction to modern Australia, examining its history, geography, and culture since the beginning of the white settlement of New South Wales in 1788. Drawing attention to the distinctive features of Australian life, this VSI places contemporary developments in an historical perspective, highlighting the importance of Australia's indigenous culture and making connections between Australia and the wider world. Balancing the successful growth of Australian institutions and democratic traditions, the book considers the struggles that occurred in the making of modern Australia and Australia's political and cultural place in the 21st century.

Keywords: Aboriginal land rights; Australian; Botany Bay; Alfred Deakin; Mabo; New South Wales; Port Phillip District; Swan River Colony; Abel Janszoon Tasman; Van Diemen's Land; White Australia

Book.  168 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Australasian and Pacific History ; Political Geography

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