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Australia: A Cultural History

Australia: A Cultural History

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ISBN 9781921867606
Release Date 1 November 2017
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, 3rd Revised edition
Author(s) By Rickard, John

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ISBN-13 9781921867606
ISBN-10 1921867604
Stock Release date is 1 November 2017
Status Available for pre-order, ships once internationally released 1 Nov 2017
Publisher unlisted
Imprint Monash University Publishing
Release Date 1 November 2017
International Release Date 4 December 2017
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, 3rd Revised edition
Edition 3rd Revised edition
Author(s) By Rickard, John
Category Cultural Studies
World History: C 1750 To C 1900
Social & Cultural History
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education
Number of Pages 400
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Weight 500g
Dewey Code 306.00
Catalogue Code 318897

Description of this Book

John Rickards Australia: A Cultural History, first published in 1988, is still the only short history of Australia from a cultural perspective. It has also acquired a unique reputation as an introduction to the development of Australian society and was listed by the historian and public intellectual John Hirst in his First XI: The best Australian history books. Although arranged chronologically, this book is not a chronicle, still less a laborious detailing of governors and governments: rather, it focuses on the transmission of values, beliefs and customs amongst the diverse mix of peoples who are todays Australians. The story begins with the sixty thousand years of the Aboriginal presence and their continuing material and spiritual relationship with the land, and takes the reader through the turbulent years of British colonisation and the emergence, through prosperity, war and depression, of the cultural accommodations which have been distinctively Australian. This Third Edition concludes with a critical review of the challenges facing contemporary Australia and warns that we may get the future we deserve.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A perceptive, balanced, wide-ranging interpretation of the evolution of modern Australia which is both erudite and well-written. -- Duncan Bythell

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Author's Bio

John Rickard is the author of H B Higgins: The Rebel as Judge (Age non-fiction Book of the Year 1984), Australia: A Cultural History (1988, 1996, new edition in preparation) and A Family Romance: The Deakins at Home (1996) and has published widely on Australian cultural history and biography. In 1997-8 he was the visiting professor of Australian Studies at Harvard University and in 2007 the Monash Visiting Fellow of Australian Studies at the University of Copenhagen. He is currently an adjunct professor at Monash University. In his youth John Rickard worked as an actor and singer.

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