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Author West, Barbara A., 1967-

Title A brief history of Australia / Barbara A. West ; with Frances T. Murphy
Published New York : Facts On File, [2010]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 356 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Brief History
Brief history.
Contents Cover; Contents; List of Illustrations; List of Maps; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1: DiversityLand and People; 2: Aboriginal History; 3: European Exploration and Early Settlement; 4: Gold Rush and Governments; 5: Federation and Identity Formation; 6: Realignment; 7: Populate or Perish; 8: Constitutional Crisis; 9: Contradiction and Change; 10: The Howard Years; 11: Reconciliation and Republicanism? Australia since 2007; Appendixes; Index
Summary "Taking a largely chronological approach, A Brief History of Australia looks at social, cultural, economic, and political trends in the country's long history, all of which have contributed to its unique and complex identity. Beginning with the peopling of the continent about 60,000 years ago, the volume examines the early history and culture of the Aboriginals, Australia's indigenous population and the oldest continuously surviving culture in the world. The volume continues with the first documented sighting of the landmass by a European in the 17th century and the colonial period in the 18th and 19th centuries. From the Federation of 1901 to the Liberal government of John Howard (1998-2007) and the Labor government of Kevin Rudd (2007-present), this new book explores Australia's relationship to the British Crown, environmental issues that plague the land, the rights of marginalized people, and the role of sports." "Basic facts, a chronology, a bibliography, and a list of suggested reading make up the appendixes."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Australia -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Murphy, Frances T.
ISBN 0816078858
1438131127 (electronic bk.)
9781438131122 (electronic bk.)