A Shorter History of Australia

  • by Geoffrey Blainey
  • Narrated by Humphrey Bower
  • 11 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

After a lifetime of research and debate on Australian and international history, Geoffrey Blainey is well-placed to introduce us to the people who have played a part and to guide us through the events which have created the Australian identity: the mania for spectator sport, the suspicion of the tall poppy, the rivalries of Catholic and Protestant, Sydney and Melbourne, new and old homelands, the conflicts of war abroad and race at home, the importance of technology, the recognition of our Aboriginal past and Native Title, the successes and failures of the nation.
For this enlarged edition, Blainey has rewritten or expanded on various episodes and themes, making changes to almost every page. He has described significant events and trends of the early-20th century. A final chapter summarises key factors that shaped and still shape this country's history.

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What the Critics Say

"Part of Blainey’s magic is that his words float off the page. Here, too, are the puzzles, oddities and off-beat comparisons of his restless, quirky intelligence, constantly astonished and endlessly engaging." (The Age)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

My fisrt book on Au history. loved the book.

I moved to Au in 2005 and was always eager to find books on Au history.
this was a perfect summary and i enjoyed learning about the highlights of this country's story. recommend it to all migrants like myself.
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a worthwhile introduction to Australian history

There are some very good insights contained in this abridged version, but ultimately it disappointed due to its lack of detail and almost newspaper-like rapid fire treatment of the last 50 years.
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- Luke

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-03-2010
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd