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Australia : a cultural history

Author: John Rickard
Publisher: New York : Longman, 1996.
Series: Present and the past.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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It begins with the centuries of Aboriginal habitation before the coming of the Europeans, and takes us through to the present. However, unusually, it is strongly weighted towards the twentieth century. The diverse origins of the emergent colonial society are vividly described, from the military and penal settlements to the lonely sheepfarms and the vibrant squalor of the gold workings; but today's Australia is  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Rickard, John, 1935-
Australia.
New York : Longman: 1996
(OCoLC)605912521
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Rickard
ISBN: 0582276063 9780582276062 0582276055 9780582276055
OCLC Number: 34951450
Description: xiv, 317 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Part 1, sources --
Aborigines --
Immigrants Part 2, interactions: 1788-1901 --
The environment --
Society --
Part 3, the culture: 1901-1939 Loyalties --
Political institutions --
Relationships and pursuits Part 4, The culture questioned: 1939-1988 --
Dependence --
Diversity --
Vision --
Coda: towards 2001.
Series Title: Present and the past.
Responsibility: John Rickard.

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This second edition surveys the dramatic social and cultural shifts occuring amongst Australians as they approach the centenary of federation in 2001. The book explores the way in which a distinctive  Read more...

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