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ISBN-13: 978-1742370514 ISBN-10: 1742370519 Edition: Fourth Edition, Fourth edition

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin; Fourth Edition, Fourth edition edition (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742370519
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742370514
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,080,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Richard Broome has managed an enviable achievement. The vast sweeping story of Aboriginal Australia from 1788 is told in his typical lucid and imaginative style . . . an important work of great scholarship, passion and imagination."  —Professor Lynette Russell, Center for Australian Indigenous Studies, Monash University

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Richard Broome is Associate Professor of History at La Trobe University. One of Australia's most respected scholars of Aboriginal history, he is also author of the prize-winning Aboriginal Victorians.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Harry on September 6, 2012
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What a shame it has taken until the 4th edition for me to find and read this wonderful book. And shame is a fitting word, as it is one of the many emotions this book brings to the fore. It would be hard for a non-indigenous Australian to read this book without feeling ashamed, saddened, betrayed and disgusted with the treatment and outcomes for Aboriginal Australians since 1788. Particularly with the shabby behaviour of our leaders (political and opinion) and academics in these hopefully more enlightened times - shame Howard, Windschuttle, Bolt and Blainey, shame! There is so much to learn from this book - how the pre-1788 economy provided the Aborigines with all they desired (a state of affluence), the frontier confrontations, the lies, deception and theft by colonial administrators, the struggle for survival on the fringe of white society through the 20th century and the moral and legal battles for land rights and recognition over far too many decades. But amongst all the despair, two great positives are highlighted. First, Kevin Rudd's apology speech and the glimmer of hope for a better future that engenders. And second, the fact that this book has run to a 4th edition hopefully means it is being more widely read and the message is getting out there. Thank you Richard Broome, for this brilliant and enlightening work.

On a more mundane note, the book is lavishly illustrated with photographs that carry well to the Kindle edition, thankfully the author does not write in a dry academic style, this book is really engaging, and finally, the select bibliography for further reading is extensive, a great aid for further exploration and understanding of this important topic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sweetreads on January 15, 2013
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This book does a good job of covering a very complex topic from a perspective often not taken. I found it to be well balanced, giving credit and culpability in equally conservative degrees. If you are looking into the subject of Christianity and its encounter with Aboriginal Australia this is a great resource. I used it along with many others to write a large research paper, and this was one of my favorites to both read and quote.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maureen Lum on March 20, 2013
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I gave this as a gift to someone who was very interested in Aboriginal history. He was delighted with it & said it was most informative
& gave a clear picture of early Australian history, as it affected Aboriginal people.
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