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Issue Details: First known date: 2015... 2015 The Story of Australia's People Volume 1: The Rise and Fall of Ancient Australia
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The vast continent of Australia was settled in two main streams, far apart in time and origin.

'The first came ashore some 50,000 years ago when the islands of Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea were one. The second began to arrive from Europe at the end of the eighteenth century. Each had to come to terms with the land they found, and each had to make sense of the other. '

'The long Aboriginal occupation of Australia witnessed spectacular changes. The rising of the seas isolated the continent and preserved a nomadic way of life, while agriculture was revolutionising other parts of the world. Over millennia, the Aboriginal people mastered the land's climates, seasons and resources.'

'Traditional Aboriginal life came under threat the moment Europeans crossed the world to plant a new society in an unknown land. That land in turn rewarded, tricked, tantalised and often defeated the new arrivals. The meeting of the two cultures is one of the most difficult and complex meetings in recorded history. '

'In this book Professor Geoffrey Blainey returns first to the subject of his celebrated works on Australian history, Triumph of the Nomads (1975) and A Land Half Won (1980), retelling the story of our history up until 1850 in light of the latest research. He has changed his view about vital aspects of the Indigenous and early British history of this land, and looked at other aspects for the first time.' (Source: Publisher's website)

Notes

  • Other formats: Also e-book.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2015 .
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      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 400p.
      Note/s:
      • Includes bibliography and index.
      • Published February 2015
      ISBN: 9781760141035 (hbk), 0670078719

Works about this Work

Doing the Police : Geoffrey Blainey's Prevailing Strain of Optimism Brian Matthews , 2016 single work review essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December no. 387 2016; (p. 9-10)
'The seminar, as far as I can remember, took place in what was then the Melbourne Teachers’ College on Grattan Street. The late-afternoon sunlight slanting through ornate windows burnt bright on a huge World War I scene on the wall behind the speakers’ table where the names of those who had made ‘the ultimate sacrifice’ were listed with melancholy precision. I remember gazing at that painting while I waited for the seminar to start. It reminded me of the ornate, scrolled, oval frame I had inherited, from which my grandfather, No. 17051 Private Alexander Murray, looked out, slightly quizzical, puzzled, his boyish face overshadowed by the military cap. On either side of the portrait hung his medals, their ribbons faded, and between them a citation in which futility grapples with dignity. ‘He whom this scroll commemorates ... passed out of the sight of men by the path of self-sacrifice ... Let those who come after see to it that his name be not forgotten.’' (Introduction)
The Triumph of Unity Alan Atkinson , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 18-19 April 2015; (p. 18-19)
The Long View Phil Brown , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 28 March 2015; (p. 19)

— Review of The Story of Australia's People Volume 1: The Rise and Fall of Ancient Australia Geoffrey Blainey 2015 single work single work criticism
'It's the bleeding obvious that Australia's history started long before European arrival, but historian Geoffrey Blainey still believes it is a point worth making...'
A Culture to Celebrate John Maynard , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21-22 March 2015; (p. 32) The Age , 21 March 2015; (p. 26)

— Review of The Story of Australia's People Volume 1: The Rise and Fall of Ancient Australia Geoffrey Blainey 2015 single work single work criticism
A Culture to Celebrate John Maynard , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21-22 March 2015; (p. 32) The Age , 21 March 2015; (p. 26)

— Review of The Story of Australia's People Volume 1: The Rise and Fall of Ancient Australia Geoffrey Blainey 2015 single work single work criticism
The Long View Phil Brown , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 28 March 2015; (p. 19)

— Review of The Story of Australia's People Volume 1: The Rise and Fall of Ancient Australia Geoffrey Blainey 2015 single work single work criticism
'It's the bleeding obvious that Australia's history started long before European arrival, but historian Geoffrey Blainey still believes it is a point worth making...'
The Triumph of Unity Alan Atkinson , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 18-19 April 2015; (p. 18-19)
Doing the Police : Geoffrey Blainey's Prevailing Strain of Optimism Brian Matthews , 2016 single work review essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December no. 387 2016; (p. 9-10)
'The seminar, as far as I can remember, took place in what was then the Melbourne Teachers’ College on Grattan Street. The late-afternoon sunlight slanting through ornate windows burnt bright on a huge World War I scene on the wall behind the speakers’ table where the names of those who had made ‘the ultimate sacrifice’ were listed with melancholy precision. I remember gazing at that painting while I waited for the seminar to start. It reminded me of the ornate, scrolled, oval frame I had inherited, from which my grandfather, No. 17051 Private Alexander Murray, looked out, slightly quizzical, puzzled, his boyish face overshadowed by the military cap. On either side of the portrait hung his medals, their ribbons faded, and between them a citation in which futility grapples with dignity. ‘He whom this scroll commemorates ... passed out of the sight of men by the path of self-sacrifice ... Let those who come after see to it that his name be not forgotten.’' (Introduction)

Awards

2016 longlisted Australia Book Prize
2016 joint winner The Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History With Sam Lipski and Suzanne D. Rutland's Let My People Go: The Untold Story of Australia and the Soviet Jews 1959-89.
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