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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

A History of Australia

Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9781137605498
Publication Date November 2017
Formats Paperback Ebook Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Palgrave Essential Histories series

A History of Australia weaves together a vivid, multi-dimensional history that considers key cultural, social, political and economic events and issues within the wider global context. Comprehensive and accessible, this is essential reading for all those seeking an authoritative overview of Australian history.

This revised second edition has been updated throughout to incorporate the latest research and to bring the story up to the present day. The final  chapter has been rewritten and updated to incorporate events up to and including 2017. It offers reflections on emerging trends—such as climate change and the continuing disadvantage of Indigenous Australians—that may shape Australia’s future. It also has an increased focus on social and cultural history, with expanded material on art and feminism.

Mark Peel is Provost at the University of Leicester, UK.

Christina Twomey is a Professor in the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies at Monash University, Australia

List of Illustrations.- List of Maps, Tables and Figures.- Acknowledgements.- Introduction.- First People.- The Great South Land: 1500-1800.- Britain's Prison: Convicts, Settlers and Indigenous People: 1788-1802.- Free and Unfree: Reforming New South Wales: 1803-1829.- New Australias: 1829-1849.- The Golden Lands: 1850-1868.- At the Forefront of the Race: 1868-1888.- A Truly New World: 1888-1901.- A Protective Nation: 1901-1914.- A Nation at War: 1914-1918.- A Nation Divided: 1919-1939.- Defending Australia: 1939-1949.- Security: 1949-1963.- Dissent and Social Change: 1964-1979.- Global Nation: 1980-2010.- Notes.- Further Reading.- Index.


Praise for the 1st edition:
'An energetic and multifaceted history of Australia that illuminates a rich national story interlinked within an international context....the book achieves its aim of rendering Australia's past, and the challenges the country has faced and met, with aplomb.' - Patricia O'Brien, Visiting Associate Professor, Georgetown University, USA
'History as it should be – informed and judicious, but conveyed with zest, purpose and enviable clarity. Peel and Twomey weave the myriad strands of Australia's story into a thoroughly absorbing read' - Professor Stuart Ward, University of Copenhagen.
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