History of Australia

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Melbourne University Publish, 1993 - History - 572 pages
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In 1962, the first volume of Manning Clark's "A History of Australia" appeared. For the next two-and-a-half decades Clark unfolded his tragic celebration of white Australian history. Today, the six-volume history is one of the masterpieces of Australian literature. It is also one of the most passionately debated visions of Australian history. Clark's Australians are men and women of lively goodwill and deep sinfulness, of generous idealism and unthinking brutality. He dramatizes the motivating forces of Australian life - cowardice and vision, cruelty and defiance, greatness of spirit and the spiritual vacuity of the suburbs - all of them locked in the unceasing struggle which builds a nation. Michael Cathcart has re-orchestrated Clark's epic narrative in this single volume. Every page of this abridgement rings with Manning Clark's voice. Here, at last, the general reader can encounter the deep resonances, pessimism and passion of Manning Clark - Australian historian and prophet. Michael Cathcart is co-author of "Mission to the South Seas: the Voyage of the Duff" and author of "Defending the National Tuckshop", a study of conservative responses to the Great Depression.
  

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Not having read the full set of Clark, I can't really comment about the accuracy of the abridgement, but the book itself reads very well, the the abridger has at least been very smooth in his work. And it's a great story... Read full review

Contents

BOOK
1
Macquarie and Mr Commissioner Bigge
73
BOOK
83
The Saint of Hobart Town
151
BOOK THREE
161
The Moral Improvers Arrive in South Australia
174
Overstraiters Overlanders and Others Descend on Port Phillip
187
Englands Echo in the Antipodes
195
The CalmDown Begins
315
Colonial Democrats
323
The Kingdom of Nothingness
331
Uproar in the Bush
345
The Earth Abideth For Ever
357
BOOK FIVE The People Make Lam 18881915
385
The Birth of Labor
387
A Time of Tumult
395

Governor Gipps and the Massacre at Myall Creek
202
But Colonials Do Not Make Their Own History
206
SelfGovernment
216
BOOK FOUR The Earth Abideth For Ever 18511888
223
The Possessed
225
One Step Forward for the White Man
236
Who Would Want to be a Digger?
245
That Bloody Licence Tax
252
A Colonial Bourgeoisie
269
The Barbarians of Lambing Flat
278
Glory Folly and Chance
283
The Bush Barbarians
298
Federation or Revolution?
404
The Tablets of the Law
414
Embourgeoisement
424
TheCookingof Mr Deakin
429
The Era of the Common Man
438
BOOK
471
Tune in with Britain
539
The Old Dead Tree or The Young Tree Green?
552
Epilogue
562
Index
569
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\Manning Clark was a senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne, and later, professor of history in the School of General Studies, Australian National University. In 1972 he became the first professor of Australian history. In June 1975 Clark was made a Companion of the Order of Australia, in recognition of his writing of the monumental A History of Australia. He was named Australian of the Year for 1980. Professor Clark died in May 1991.

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