- Series: Cambridge Concise Histories
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 3 edition (June 30, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521735939
- ISBN-13: 978-0521735933
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'At long last here is an accessible, sensible, learned and digestible history of Australia. It is a triumph of Stuart Macintyre's notable scholarship that he has come up with a book that is concise - not brief, not abbreviated - sharp and to the point ... this is a tremendously useful tool for locals and outsiders. It should sit on every Australian's bookshelf, next to the dictionary and the atlas.' Nick Richardson, Herald-Sun
'It's a splendid piece of work and it belongs to a noble tradition ... It conveys throughout a joy in writing history, in mastering the detail of the past - a joy especially in struggling with the soul of the country.' Alan Atkinson, Sydney Morning Herald
'Macintyre's book is the best short history of Australia since Manning Clark's classic of 1963.' The Times Literary Supplement
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has written "A History of Marxism in the UK", and considers himself a "democratic socialist". At one point, he says that the historian as an objective observer of events "has fallen into disrepute". Certainly it is a role that Macintyre never pretends play. This is a typical left-wing melodrama, replete with the victims of racism and greed, mistaking sympathy for the underdog with an adequate grasp of history. Don't waste your money on this one.
Modern thought increasingly accepts the indigenous problems that were part of Australian colonisation, and Stuart probes these and other contemporary issues by drawing from both sides of the debate. He illustrates research that examines the language of overland explorers, to determine whether they were 'exploring' or 'conquering', and he comments on modern interpretations of the constitution by the high court. Readers not well versed in Australian issues may pass over these slights of hands without understanding their importance in the nature of forging an Australian history, culture and identity.
I would recommend this book as a necessary overview for any person interested in the history of the country, including potential tourists.
I was actually unable to finish the book. At a certain point Macintyre begins to discuss at length the activities of "the Chartists." However, he makes no attempt to establish who the Chartists were, what they stood for, or why they were called the Chartists. That was it for me.... I cut my losses and put it down.
I am just beginning Robert Hughes' "The Fatal Shore," and so far it is infinitely more engaging.