1. Beginnings; 2. Newcomers (c. 1600-1792); 3. Coercion (1793-1821); 4. Emancipation (1822-1850); 5. In thrall to progress (1851-1888); 6. National reconstruction (1889-1913); 7. Sacrifice (1914-1945); 8. Golden age (1946-1974); 9. Reinventing Australia (1975-1999); 10. What next?
This entertaining book is the most up-to-date single-volume Australian history available.
' ... a lively, intelligent, opinionated and very well written
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colonial and 20th-century Australia with a fresh eye that doesn't
fail to observe the big and small picture.' Australian Bookseller
'As one of a series of works of reference, concise national histories, the book is an interesting, often brilliant combination of new and conventional scholarship, of information, opinion and ideas.' Journal of Australian Colonial History
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'This volume will become the standard text for many university courses in Australian history. Researchers, students and general readers will appreciate Macintrye's deft coverage and insights.' Michael Sturma, History
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'This excellent, compact volume ... Macintye gives a perceptive account of the culture of sacrifice, made for the mother country in two world wars, the making of the modern, multicultural society, and, of course, looks at the unifying role of cricket.' BBC History Magazine
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