Australia: A Very Short Introduction

ISBN : 9780199589937

Kenneth Morgan
168 Pages
113 x 174 mm
Pub date
May 2012
Very Short Introductions


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  • Provides a wide-ranging introduction to modern Australia, examining its history, geography, and culture
  • Focuses on the distinctive features of Australian life by considering the historical perspective
  • Explores the role of Australia's indigenous culture and their place in the history of Australia as a whole
  • Considers Australia's role within the wider world

In this Very Short Introduction Kenneth Morgan provides a wide-ranging and thematic introduction to modern Australia. He examines the main features of its history, geography, and culture since the beginning of the white settlement in New South Wales in 1788. Drawing attention to the distinctive features of Australian life he places contemporary developments in a historical perspective, highlighting the importance of Australia's indigenous culture and making connections between Australia and the wider word. 

Balancing the successful growth of Australian institutions and democratic traditions, he considers the struggles that occurred in the making of modern Australia. 


1: The Antipodes
2: Shaping the Continent
3: Governing Australia
4: Body and Soul
5: Australia and the World
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About the author: 

Kenneth Morgan is Professor of History at Brunel University, London. He has held numerous awards and fellowships. In 2006 he was a Visiting Professor in History at the University of Sydney. In 2008/9 he held the Frederick Watson Fellowship at the National Archives of Australia and a Harold White Fellowship at the National Library of Australia, Canberra. Professor Morgan is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. His publications concentrate mainly on British imperial and colonial history, slavery and the slave trade, Australian history, Caribbean history, and music history.

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