A Concise History of Australia (Cambridge Concise Histories) by Stuart Macintyre

By Stuart Macintyre

Australia is the final continent to be settled via Europeans, however it additionally sustains a humans and a tradition tens of millions years outdated. for far of the previous two hundred years the newbies have sought to switch the outdated with the recent. This e-book tells how they imposed themselves at the land, and taken know-how, associations and ideas to make it their very own. It relates the improvement from penal colony to a filthy rich unfastened state and illustrates how, as a country created by way of waves of newbies, the quest for binding traditions used to be lengthy annoyed via the sensation of rootlessness, till it got here to phrases with its origins. The 3rd version of this acclaimed booklet recounts the major components - social, monetary and political - that experience formed modern day Australia. It covers the increase and fall of the Howard executive, the 2007 election and the apology to the stolen iteration. greater than ever earlier than, Australians draw at the previous to appreciate their destiny.

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Or if you find the country uninhab­ ited take possession for His Majesty by setting up proper marks and inscriptions, as first discoverers and possessors'. From their observations along the east coast in 1 770, he and Banks j udged that the Aborigines were incapable of negotiating a treaty, and accordingly they hoisted the flag on its northern tip at Possession Island to proclaim dominion. Fifteen years later, when a parliamen­ tary committee quizzed Banks about the suitability of establishing a colony in New South Wales, he explained that there were 'very few inhabitants' along the coast who relied on fishing and hunting.

By this time France was again at war with Britain, and the governor of Mauritius detained him until 1 8 ro. It was not until 1 8 1 4 that Flinders' account of Voyage to Terra Australis appeared, and a fur­ ther three years before Macquarie's eye lighted on a passage in it: 'Had I permitted myself any innovation upon the original name, it would have been to convert it into AUSTRALIA; as being more agreeable to the ear . . '. At the end of the year Macquarie sug­ gested that the name should be adopted for the whole of the island­ continent in preference to the common designation of New Holland, which strictly applied to only half of it.

Yet for those who live in Western Australia, Indonesia is the most proximate neighbour, the historical links with India, South Africa and even Mauritius more significant. As the balance of regional power has shifted, so Australians increas­ ingly claim they are part of Asia and regard their earlier presence in the Pacific as a romantic interlude in tropical islands far removed from the business hub of the Asian tigers. 1 Australia and the region Newcomers, c. 1 60 0-1792 23 The difference is not simply one of economic opportunity.

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