Category: History / Australasian
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Publication date: 31 March 1995
Number of pages: 372
January 26, 1788 A shipload of English convicts, headed by Captain-General Arthur Phillip, sailed into Sydney Cove, disembarked, and unfurled the British flag over the mainland of Australia. In this lively and very readable book, the eminent and controversial historian Manning Clark portrays the evolution of the Australia with remarkable breadth of vision . Beginning with the Aborigines and the coming of white men, he reveals to us a vibrant land whose first European settlers were the criminal castaways of civilisation. Clark traces Australia's social, cultural and political growth through its many stages, describing convicts and settlers , architecture, exploration, immigrants and squatters, the gold rushes,radicals and nationalists, the world wars. His incisive concluding chapter deals with the years from 1969 to 1986, 'an age of ruins', examining the many interests fighting for prominence. In a new addendum to his father's history, Sebastian Clark brings the book into the 1990s, speculating about the direction in which the nation is headed.
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