"The scarcity of political sociology gives this volume of social history, despite its fashionable division of themes, a more traditional feel. Nevertheless, with its basis in considerable archival research,, this is an interesting and worthwhile study." Rural Sociology
"Morgan merits congratulations for bringing her subject within the range of current historiographical concerns." The International History Review
This book presents Van Diemen's Land as a case study in nineteenth-century European expansion and imperialism. It treats the first decades of the settlement, encompassing the effects of the European invasion of Aboriginal society, the early history of environmental degradation, the island's society history and the growth of primary industry.