Australia: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Mar 09, Curtis Wilson rated it liked it Recommends it for: Australophiles, history buffs. I've always been an australophile when it comes to the country's culture, fauna, geography, etc. I had never really known all to much about the country's history besides the penal aspect of early European settlement so I got this book. Though the book is extremely short by design it gave me an excellent overview of all aspects of Aussie history.

A few topics were tangential, but with such a succinct work, that can be expected. The book definitely got me even more interested in this country, I've always been an australophile when it comes to the country's culture, fauna, geography, etc.

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The book definitely got me even more interested in this country, and I look forward to learning more! Mar 03, Daniel Wright rated it liked it Shelves: geography , history , modern-history , vsi , australia-history. Some things that strike me about Australia. The distance from Perth to Sydney is about the distance from London to Istanbul. It is a continent pretending to be a country.

I mean, basically no-one lives there.

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You can go for thousands of miles and not see anyone. It's a country pretending to be a continent. I'm not sure quite what to make of it. Although every Australian I've ever met has been cheerful and friendly, its history does reveal a dubious sid Some things that strike me about Australia. Although every Australian I've ever met has been cheerful and friendly, its history does reveal a dubious side.


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Its relations with the indigenous peoples are, frankly, awful to read. Nor are they perfect now. This is always worth bearing in mind. Jan 04, Dar rated it it was ok Shelves: history , nonfiction. In pages, I expected this to be a succinct overview of Australian geography, history, politics, resources, trade, animals and plants, people and culture.

Well, I guess that is why we have Wikipedia. The first half of the book introduced a lot of topics and jumped all over the place. I did like the attention paid to history, governance, Aboriginal peoples and immigration. The second half was more focused, but dealt with lesser topics. I now know nothing about Australian education, health care In pages, I expected this to be a succinct overview of Australian geography, history, politics, resources, trade, animals and plants, people and culture.

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I now know nothing about Australian education, health care, transit, language and slang, holidays or places of interest. I wasn't expecting a tourist guidebook, but a few more nods to modern life would have been welcome. Unfortunately, the series doesn't have a volume on Canada. I would have liked to read it for comparison purposes.

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I just noticed in the Goodreads author notes that "his particular academic specialism is the history of merchants, ships, foreign trade and ports. Another competent addition to the series. Morgan approaches this precis of the nation-continent with rigour, breadth and empathy.

Succinct and readable. Jan 20, Tanya rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction. Not always the most objective narration, but a good overview. Darren C rated it liked it Dec 22, Luis A.


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