A Land Half Won

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Macmillan, 1980 - Australia - 388 pages
From the coming of the first fleets to the drought and depression which ushered in the new Commonwealth in 1901, Blainey traces the swift physical taming of Australia and the slow emotional discovery of Australia as homeland to northern Europeans.

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User Review  - seabear - LibraryThing

A good history of the mid to late nineteenth century Australian economic boom, which came from agriculture (wool) and mining (gold). The tale of the bank runs in the 1890s was interesting. I liked it, despite its "pop history" feel. I'd like to know more. Read full review


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Geoffrey Blainey is an Australian historian, born 1930 in Melbourne, Victoria. He is a graduate of the University of Melbourne. He taught at the University of Melbourne and held chairs in economic history and history. He taught at Harvard University as a visiting professor of Australian Studies. He has written over 36 and is the author of The Story of Australia's People: The Rise and Fall of Ancient Australia for which he was a joint winner of the 2016 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Australian history.

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