Triumph of the Nomads: A History of Aboriginal Australia

Triumph of the Nomads A History of Aboriginal Australia In this fascinating re assessment of the ancient aborigines Australia s foremost historian makes the case that these nomadic peoples were not hapless primitives trapped in a hostile environment but

In this fascinating re assessment of the ancient aborigines, Australia s foremost historian makes the case that these nomadic peoples were not hapless primitives trapped in a hostile environment, but the triumphant masters of their continent A continent which they discovered in truly heroic expeditions.

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About Author

  1. Geoffrey Norman Blainey AC is a prominent Australian historian He attended Wesley College and the University of Melbourne He was appointed to a teaching post at the University of Melbourne in 1962, becoming Professor of Economic History in 1968, Professor of History in 1977, and then Dean of Melbourne s Faculty of Arts in 1982 From 1994 to 1998 Blainey was foundation Chancellor at the University of Ballarat.His first major project in the 1950s was, as an author and researcher working on the history of the Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company, at Queenstown, Tasmania when a significant number of the older residents could remember the beginnings of the community The resultant book is one of the few company and local histories in Australia to achieve six editions He has since published 32 books, including his highly acclaimed A Short History Of The World His works have ranged from sports and local histories to interpreting the motives behind British settlement of Australia in The Tyranny of Distance, covering over two centuries of human conflict in The Causes of War, and examining the optimism and pessimism in Western society since 1750 in The Great See Saw.Blainey has, at times, been a controversial figure too In the 1980s, he criticised the level of Asian immigration to Australia and the policy of multiculturalism in speeches, articles and a book All for Australia He has been closely aligned with the former Liberal National coalition government of John Howard in Australia, with Howard shadowing Blainey s conservative views on some issues, especially the view that Australian history has been hijacked by social liberals As a result of these stances, Blainey is sometimes associated with right wing politics.Blainey has been an important but low key contributor to the debate over Australian history since British settlement, often referred to as the History Wars Blainey coined the term the Black armband view of history to refer to those historians and academics, usually leftist, who accused European Australians of genocide against Aborigines Blainey referred to the contrasting positive histories as the three cheers school Although Blainey s book Triumph of the Nomads was considered to be a scholarly study into the history of Australia s original inhabitants, his opinions opposing High Court decisions in favour of Aboriginal land rights put him in the line of fire and led to accusations of racism.


Triumph of the Nomads: A History of Aboriginal Australia Comment

  1. They went about as far as they could goAlmost any other book on Australia s Aborigines that you can find will be an anthropological description of Aboriginal life as seen in its declining years or modern Aboriginal problems in the 20th century Some may record the awful history of injustice, the fatal impact of alcohol and white police maybe even the deliberate policy of breaking up cultures and families that existed until recent times There are a lot of books out there and I certainly am not fam [...]

  2. This book was recommended to me by a bookstore employee in Perth I couldn t understand how it could possibly be considered that the Aborigines triumphed in Australia since they are very marginalized in their society, with high rates of unemployment and alcoholism, etc sound familiar But the premise of the book is that the Aborigines were in Australia for at least 35,00 years before the Europeans arrived, and some estimates say it may be as much as 60,000 years In that regard, they did triumph ov [...]

  3. I found this book quite good but with a significant blindspot there is no mention at all of the word, or concept, Dreamtime or Dreaming While Blainey frames this as an economic history of pre contact Australia, leaving out such a significant cultural aspect cannot but limit it Imagine an economic history of Europe without talking about Catholicism, or America without Protestantism That said, it is still worth a read and is typically for Blainey iconoclastic.

  4. Great book if you want to know about the history of Australia Blainey writes about the succes of the Aboriginals to survive stukgelezen stukgelezen

  5. Heavy going, somewhat interesting Can t read than a few pages at a time I expect it will take most of 2010 to finish it.

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