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Australian History for Dummies



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Exciting and informative history of the land down under Australian History For Dummies is your tour guide through the important events of Australias past, introducing you to the people and events that have shaped modern Australia. Be there as British colonists explore Australias harsh terrain with varying degrees of success. In this informative guide youll Find out about Australias infamous bushrangers Learn how the discovery of gold caused a tidal wave of immigration from all over the world Understand how Australia took two steps forward to become a nation in its own right in 1901, and two steps back when the government was dismissed by the Crown in 1975 Discover the fascinating details that made Australia the country it is today!

Author Biography

Alex McDermott has been researching, writing about and teaching Australian history for the past decade, including time spent teaching at La Trobe University in Victoria, writing essays, articles and a book, and acting as researcher and consultant for various popular historical documentaries.

Table of Contents


Part I. Let’s Get This Country Started.

Chapter 1. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie.

Chapter 2. First Australians: Making a Home, Receiving Visitors.

Chapter 3. Second Arrivals and First Colonials.

Chapter 4. Colony Going Places (With Some Teething Troubles).

Chapter 5. A Nation of Second Chances.

Part II. 1820s to 1900: Wool, Gold, Bust and then Federation.

Chapter 6. Getting Tough, Making Money and Taking Country.

Chapter 7. Economic Collapse and the Beginnings of Nationalism.

Chapter 8. The Discovery of Gold and an Immigration Avalanche.

Chapter 9. Explorers, Selectors, Bushrangers … and Trains.

Chapter 10. Work, Play and Politics During the Long Boom.

Chapter 11. The Economy’s Collapsed – Anyone for Nationhood?

Part III. The 20th Century: New Nation, New Trajectories.

Chapter 12. Nation Just Born Yesterday.

Chapter 13. World War I: International and Local Ruptures.

Chapter 14. Australia Unlimited.

Part IV. 1930 to 1949: Going So Wrong, So Soon?

Chapter 15. A Not So Great Depression.

Chapter 16. World War II Battles.

Chapter 17. Making Australia New Again.

Part V. 1950 to 2010: Prospering and Social Turmoil.

Chapter 18. Ambushed – by Prosperity!

Chapter 19. Taking Things Apart in the 1960s and 1970s.

Chapter 20. When Old Australia Dies … Is New Australia Ready?

Chapter 21. Into the New Millennium.

Part VI. The Part of Tens.

Chapter 22. Ten Things Australia Gave the World.

Chapter 23. Ten Game-Changing Moments.


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