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Malaita (Paperback): Ben Burt Malaita (Paperback)
Ben Burt
R1,051 R928 Discovery Miles 9 280 Save R123 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Malaita traces the history and culture of a Pacific island from the 19th to 21st centuries through over 600 images drawn from the archives of the British Museum and public and private photographic collections around the world. This book explores Malaita as it was represented to the wider world through photographs, artefacts, maps and drawings over a period of 150 years. Malaitans have been portrayed as exotic natives and migrant workers, as Christian converts and colonial subjects, and as ordinary people leading a distinctive way of life in a rapidly changing society. The colonisation of Malaita through the work of missions, government and business in the early twentieth century, the upheavals of the Second World War and the economic and political developments that followed were documented in thousands of photos. Thousands more were made by anthropologists researching detailed studies of local culture in the second half of the 20th century. As Malaitans migrated to neighbouring Guadalcanal to participate in the commercial development of Solomon Islands, a civil conflict in the early 21st century was followed by renewed efforts to build upon their ancestral culture for the peaceful development of their island. This book is an image-led and accessible narrative that provides fascinating new insights into the history of a Pacific island and will be an essential reference for researchers, students and general readers with an interest in the anthropology and history of Melanesia and the Pacific Islands.

A History of Victoria (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Geoffrey Blainey A History of Victoria (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Geoffrey Blainey
R799 Discovery Miles 7 990 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A History of Victoria is a lively account of the people, places and events that have shaped Victoria, from the arrival of the first Aboriginal peoples through to the present day. In his inimitable style, Geoffrey Blainey considers Victoria's transformation from rural state to urban society. He speculates on the contrasts between Melbourne and Sydney, and describes formative events in Victoria's history, including the exploits of Ned Kelly, the rise of Australian Football and the Olympics of 1956. Melbourne's latest population boom, sprawling suburbs and expanding ethnic communities are explored. Blainey also casts light on Victoria's recent political history. This edition features sections on the Black Saturday bushfires of 2009, the end of the drought and the controversy surrounding the Wonthaggi desalination plant. New illustrations, photographs and maps enrich the narrative. Written by one of Australia's leading historians, this book offers remarkable insight into Victoria's unique position within Australian history.

Anahulu: The Anthropology of History in the Kingdom of Hawaii, Volume 2 - The Archaeology of History (Paperback, New edition):... Anahulu: The Anthropology of History in the Kingdom of Hawaii, Volume 2 - The Archaeology of History (Paperback, New edition)
Patrick Vinton Kirch, Marshall Sahlins
R998 Discovery Miles 9 980 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From the late 1700's, Hawaiian society began to change rapidly as it responded to the growing world system of capital whose trade routs and markets criss-crossed the islands. Reflecting many years of collaboration between Marshall Sahlins, a prominent social anthropologist, and Patrick V. Kirch, a leading archaeologist of Oceania, "Anahulu" seeks out the traces of this transformation in a typical local center of the kingdom founded by Kamehameha: the Anahulu river valley of Northwestern Oahu. Volume I shows the suprising effects of the encounter with the imperial forces of commerce and Christianity - the distinctive ways the Hawaiian people culturally organized the experience, from the structure of the kingdom to the daily life of ordinary people. Voulme II examines the material record of changes in local social organizations, economy and production, population, and domestic settlement arrangements.

Australians and the First World War - Local-Global Connections and Contexts (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017): Kate Ariotti, James E.... Australians and the First World War - Local-Global Connections and Contexts (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Kate Ariotti, James E. Bennett
R2,777 R2,282 Discovery Miles 22 820 Save R495 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book contributes to the global turn in First World War studies by exploring Australians' engagements with the conflict across varied boundaries and by situating Australian voices and perspectives within broader, more complex contexts. This diverse and multifaceted collection includes chapters on the composition and contribution of the Australian Imperial Force, the experiences of prisoners of war, nurses and Red Cross workers, the resonances of overseas events for Australians at home, and the cultural legacies of the war through remembrance and representation. The local-global framework provides a fresh lens through which to view Australian connections with the Great War, demonstrating that there is still much to be said about this cataclysmic event in modern history.

Transnationalism, Nationalism and Australian History (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017): Anna Clark, Anne Rees, Alecia Simmonds Transnationalism, Nationalism and Australian History (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Anna Clark, Anne Rees, Alecia Simmonds
R2,482 R2,044 Discovery Miles 20 440 Save R438 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Using Australian history as a case study, this collection explores the ways national identities still resonate in historical scholarship and reexamines key moments in Australian history through a transnational lens, raising important questions about the unique context of Australia's national narrative. The book examines the tension between national and transnational perspectives, attempting to internationalize the often parochial nation-based narratives that characterize national history. Moving from the local and personal to the global, encompassing comparative and international research and drawing on the experiences of researchers working across nations and communities, this collection brings together diverging national and transnational approaches and asks several critical research questions: What is transnational history? How do new transnational readings of the past challenge conventional national narratives and approaches? What are implications of transnational and international approaches on Australian history? What possibilities do they bring to the discipline? What are their limitations? And finally, how do we understand the nation in this transnational moment?

Chinese Market Gardening in Australia and New Zealand - Gardens of Prosperity (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017): Joanna Boileau Chinese Market Gardening in Australia and New Zealand - Gardens of Prosperity (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Joanna Boileau
R2,882 R2,308 Discovery Miles 23 080 Save R574 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book offers a fresh perspective on the Chinese diaspora. It is about the mobilisation of knowledge across time and space, exploring the history of Chinese market gardening in Australia and New Zealand. It enlarges our understanding of processes of technological change and human mobility, highlighting the mobility of migrants as an essential element in the mobility and adaptation of technologies. Truly multidisciplinary, Chinese Market Gardening in Australia and New Zealand incorporates elements of economic, agricultural, social, cultural and environmental history, along with archaeology, to document how Chinese market gardeners from subtropical southern China adapted their horticultural techniques and technologies to novel environments and the demands of European consumers. It shows that they made a significant contribution to the economies of Australia and New Zealand, developing flexible strategies to cope with the vagaries of climate and changing business and social environments which were often hostile towards Asian immigrants. Chinese Market Gardening in Australia and New Zealand will appeal to students and scholars in the fields of the Chinese diaspora, in particular the history of the Chinese in Australasia; the history of technology; horticultural and garden history; and environmental history, as well as Asian studies more generally.

A Traveller's History of New Zealand - and the South Pacific Islands (Paperback, 3rd New edition): John H. Chambers A Traveller's History of New Zealand - and the South Pacific Islands (Paperback, 3rd New edition)
John H. Chambers
R307 R270 Discovery Miles 2 700 Save R37 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Pacific War - From Pearl Harbor to Okinawa (Paperback): Dale Dye The Pacific War - From Pearl Harbor to Okinawa (Paperback)
Dale Dye; Edited by Robert O'Neill
R272 R235 Discovery Miles 2 350 Save R37 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

On December 7, 1941, Japanese fighter planes appeared from the clouds above Pearl Harbor and fundamentally changed the course of history; with this one surprise attack the previously isolationist America was irrevocably thrown into World War II. This definitive history reveals each of the major battles that America would fight in the ensuing struggle against Imperial Japan, from the naval clashes at Midway and Coral Sea to the desperate, bloody fighting on Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Each chapter reveals both the horrors of the battle and the Allies' grim yet heroic determination to wrest victory from what often seemed to be certain defeat, offering a valuable guide to the long road to victory in the Pacific.

Under Fire - How Australia's violent history led to gun control (Paperback): Nick Brodie Under Fire - How Australia's violent history led to gun control (Paperback)
Nick Brodie
R449 R374 Discovery Miles 3 740 Save R75 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is a history of Australia, measured by the gun. From bushrangers and soldiers to the many farmers and recreational shooters shooting animals and each other, the firearm is an inescapable part of Australia's story and its characters. But just as guns have been a part of Australia's modern identity, so too has gun control. After the 1996 Port Arthur massacre, Australia became a world-leader in firearms regulation. Yet even before this tragedy, questions had long been brewing: questions over who could shoot what, where, and when. This is the story of the answers we negotiated. In Under Fire, acclaimed popular historian Nick Brodie takes a closer look at the role of guns in Australia and how we removed ourselves from the firing line.

New Zealand's First World War Heritage (Hardcover): Imelda Bargas, Tim Shoebridge New Zealand's First World War Heritage (Hardcover)
Imelda Bargas, Tim Shoebridge
R685 R508 Discovery Miles 5 080 Save R177 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Rediscover New Zealand's hidden First World War history through the places where it happened. No battles were fought here, yet the First World War intruded into the daily life of every New Zealander who remained at home. This ground-breaking book provides vivid new insights into their experiences through exploring the places where they lived, worked, coped and mourned: army camps, fortifications, soldier-settler farms, town halls, wharves, convalescent homes and hospitals, cemeteries and war memorials, dairy factories and woollen mills. From Northland to Stewart Island, our landscape is signposted with thousands of poignant memorials, and behind the facades of old buildings, beneath scrub and behind farm fences lies a less visible landscape of war and hundreds of hidden stories waiting to be told: a soldier's name carved on a remote railway station, a once bustling uniform factory in the heart of a city, a long abandoned gun battery ...This unique book will be a revelation to all New Zealanders. Extensively illustrated with new and period photographs and fascinating maps, it contains original research and information that will open the eyes of every reader to places and stories in their community hidden in plain sight. The impact of the First World War on New Zealanders was immense; its legacy can be seen all around us today.

The Aborigines and Maori - The History of the Indigenous Peoples in Australia and New Zealand (Paperback): Charles River Editors The Aborigines and Maori - The History of the Indigenous Peoples in Australia and New Zealand (Paperback)
Charles River Editors
R271 Discovery Miles 2 710 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Beyond Hawai'i - Native Labor in the Pacific World (Hardcover): Gregory Rosenthal Beyond Hawai'i - Native Labor in the Pacific World (Hardcover)
Gregory Rosenthal
R1,768 R1,391 Discovery Miles 13 910 Save R377 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the century from the death of Captain James Cook in 1779 to the rise of the sugar plantations in the 1870s, thousands of Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) men left Hawai'i to work on ships at sea and in na 'aina 'e (foreign lands)-on the Arctic Ocean and throughout the Pacific Ocean, and in the equatorial islands and California. Beyond Hawai'i tells the stories of these forgotten indigenous workers and how their labor shaped the Pacific World, the global economy, and the environment. Whether harvesting sandalwood or bird guano, hunting whales, or mining gold, these migrant workers were essential to the expansion of transnational capitalism and global ecological change. Bridging American, Chinese, and Pacific historiographies, Beyond Hawai'i is the first book to argue that indigenous labor-more than the movement of ships and spread of diseases-unified the Pacific World.

Mindanao. Su Historia Y Geografia (Spanish, Paperback): Jose Nieto Aguilar Mindanao. Su Historia Y Geografia (Spanish, Paperback)
Jose Nieto Aguilar
R365 Discovery Miles 3 650 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Cronica sobre la segunda isla mas grande de Filipinas.

Wanted - The Outlaw Lives of Billy the Kid and Ned Kelly (Paperback): Robert M. Utley Wanted - The Outlaw Lives of Billy the Kid and Ned Kelly (Paperback)
Robert M. Utley
R380 R304 Discovery Miles 3 040 Save R76 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

A renowned biographer compares the lives and times of American outlaw Billy the Kid and his Australian counterpart Ned Kelly The oft-told exploits of Billy the Kid and Ned Kelly survive vividly in the public imaginations of their respective countries, the United States and Australia. But the outlaws' reputations are so weighted with legend and myth, the truth of their lives has become obscure. In this adventure-filled double biography, Robert M. Utley reveals the true stories and parallel courses of the two notorious contemporaries who lived by the gun, were executed while still in their twenties, and remain compelling figures in the folklore of their homelands. Robert M. Utley draws sharp, insightful portraits of first Billy, then Ned, and compares their lives and legacies. He recounts the adventurous exploits of Billy, a fun-loving, expert sharpshooter who excelled at escape and lived on the run after indictment for his role in the Lincoln Country War. Bush-raised Ned, the son of an Irish convict father and Irish mother, was a man whose outrage against British colonial authority inspired him to steal cattle and sheep, kill three policemen, and rob banks for the benefit of impoverished Irish sympathizers. Utley recounts the exploits of the notorious young men with accuracy and appeal. He discovers their profound differences, despite their shared fates, and illuminates the worlds in which they lived on opposite sides of the globe.

A Forger's Progress - The Life of Francis Greenway (Hardcover): Alasdair McGregor A Forger's Progress - The Life of Francis Greenway (Hardcover)
Alasdair McGregor
R749 R710 Discovery Miles 7 100 Save R39 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The incredible fall, rise and demise of Francis Greenway, Australia's first government architect. A forger and convicted felon, Francis Greenway was transported to Sydney in 1814. Only a decade later, his dreams of a `city superior in architectural beauty to London' began to be realised as he designed Hyde Park Barracks, St James' Church, the Supreme Court, St Luke's Church in Liverpool and the Windsor courthouse. In this first biography of Greenway since 1953 award-winning author Alasdair McGregor scrutinises the character and creative output of a man beset by contradictions and demons. He profiles Greenway's landmark buildings, his complex and fraught relationship with Governor Lachlan Macquarie, and his thwarted ambitions and self-destruction.

Never Call Me a Hero - An Autobiography of a Battle of Midway Dive Bomber Pilot (Paperback): N Jack Kleiss Never Call Me a Hero - An Autobiography of a Battle of Midway Dive Bomber Pilot (Paperback)
N Jack Kleiss
R267 R206 Discovery Miles 2 060 Save R61 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Hailed as "the single most effective pilot at Midway" (World War II magazine), Dusty Kleiss struck and sank three Japanese warships at the Battle of Midway, including two aircraft carriers, helping turn the tide of the Second World War. This is his extraordinary memoir. NATIONAL BESTSELLER * "AN INSTANT CLASSIC" -Dallas Morning News On the morning of June 4, 1942, high above the tiny Pacific atoll of Midway, Lt. (j.g.) "Dusty" Kleiss burst out of the clouds and piloted his SBD Dauntless into a near-vertical dive aimed at the heart of Japan's Imperial Navy, which six months earlier had ruthlessly struck Pearl Harbor. The greatest naval battle in history raged around him, its outcome hanging in the balance as the U.S. desperately searched for its first major victory of the Second World War. Then, in a matter of seconds, Dusty Kleiss's daring 20,000-foot dive helped forever alter the war's trajectory. Plummeting through the air at 240 knots amid blistering anti-aircraft fire, the twenty-six-year-old pilot from USS Enterprise's elite Scouting Squadron Six fixed on an invaluable target-the aircraft carrier Kaga, one of Japan's most important capital ships. He released three bombs at the last possible instant, then desperately pulled out of his gut-wrenching 9-g dive. As his plane leveled out just above the roiling Pacific Ocean, Dusty's perfectly placed bombs struck the carrier's deck, and Kaga erupted into an inferno from which it would never recover. Arriving safely back at Enterprise, Dusty was met with heartbreaking news: his best friend was missing and presumed dead along with two dozen of their fellow naval aviators. Unbowed, Dusty returned to the air that same afternoon and, remarkably, would fatally strike another enemy carrier, Hiryu. Two days later, his deadeye aim contributed to the destruction of a third Japanese warship, the cruiser Mikuma, thereby making Dusty the only pilot from either side to land hits on three different ships, all of which sank-losses that crippled the once-fearsome Japanese fleet. By battle's end, the humble young sailor from Kansas had earned his place in history-and yet he stayed silent for decades, living quietly with his children and his wife, Jean, whom he married less than a month after Midway. Now his extraordinary and long-awaited memoir, Never Call Me a Hero, tells the Navy Cross recipient's full story for the first time, offering an unprecedentedly intimate look at the "the decisive contest for control of the Pacific in World War II" (New York Times)-and one man's essential role in helping secure its outcome. Dusty worked on this book for years with naval historians Timothy and Laura Orr, aiming to publish Never Call Me a Hero for Midway's seventy-fifth anniversary in June 2017. Sadly, as the book neared completion in 2016, Dusty Kleiss passed away at age 100, one of the last surviving dive-bomber pilots to have fought at Midway. And yet the publication of Never Call Me a Hero is a cause for celebration: these pages are Dusty's remarkable legacy, providing a riveting eyewitness account of the Battle of Midway, and an inspiring testimony to the brave men who fought, died, and shaped history during those four extraordinary days in June, seventy-five years ago.

The Maori - The History and Legacy of New Zealand's Indigenous People (Paperback): Charles River Editors The Maori - The History and Legacy of New Zealand's Indigenous People (Paperback)
Charles River Editors
R206 Discovery Miles 2 060 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Anzac - The History and Legacy of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps During the 20th Century (Paperback): Charles... The Anzac - The History and Legacy of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps During the 20th Century (Paperback)
Charles River Editors
R236 Discovery Miles 2 360 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Winding up the British Empire in the Pacific Islands (Hardcover): W.David McIntyre Winding up the British Empire in the Pacific Islands (Hardcover)
W.David McIntyre
R2,484 Discovery Miles 24 840 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Winding Up the British Empire in the Pacific Islands is the first detailed account, based on recently-opened archives, of when, how, and why the British Government changed its mind about giving independence to the Pacific Islands. As Britain began to dissolve the Empire in Asia in the aftermath of the Second World War, it announced that there were some countries that were so small, remote, and lacking in resources that they could never become independent states. However, between 1970 and 1980 there was a rapid about-turn. Accelerated decolonization suddenly became the order of the day. Here was the death warrant of the Empire, and hastily-arranged independence ceremonies were performed for six new states - Tonga, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Kiribati, and Vanuatu. The rise of anti-imperialist pressures in the United Nations had a major role in this change in policy, as did the pioneering examples marked by the release of Western Samoa by New Zealand in 1962 and Nauru by Australia in 1968. The tenacity of Pacific Islanders in maintaining their cultures was in contrast to more strident Afro-Asia nationalisms. The closing of the Colonial Office, by merger with the Commonwealth Relations Office in 1966, followed by the joining of the Commonwealth and Foreign Offices in 1968, became a major turning point in Britain's relations with the Islands. In place of long-nurtured traditions of trusteeship for indigenous populations that had evolved in the Colonial Office, the new Foreign & Commonwealth Office concentrated on fostering British interests, which came to mean reducing distant commitments and focussing on the Atlantic world and Europe.

White Beech - The Rainforest Years (Paperback): Germaine Greer White Beech - The Rainforest Years (Paperback)
Germaine Greer 1
R339 R282 Discovery Miles 2 820 Save R57 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

One bright day in December 2001, sixty-two-year-old Germaine Greer found herself confronted by an irresistible challenge in the shape of sixty hectares of dairy farm, one of many in south-east Queensland that, after a century of logging, clearing and downright devastation, had been abandoned to their fate. She didn't think for a minute that by restoring the land she was saving the world. She was in search of heart's ease. Beyond the acres of exotic pasture grass and soft weed and the impenetrable curtains of tangled Lantana canes there were Macadamias dangling their strings of unripe nuts, and Black Beans with red and yellow pea flowers growing on their branches ... and the few remaining White Beeches, stupendous trees up to forty metres in height, logged out within forty years of the arrival of the first white settlers. To have turned down even a faint chance of bringing them back to their old haunts would have been to succumb to despair. Once the process of rehabilitation had begun, the chance proved to be a dead certainty. When the first replanting shot up to make a forest and rare caterpillars turned up to feed on the leaves of the new young trees, she knew beyond doubt that at least here biodepletion could be reversed. Greer describes herself as an old dog who succeeded in learning a load of new tricks, inspired and rejuvenated by her passionate love of Australia and of Earth, most exuberant of small planets.

Horror In The East (Paperback): Laurence Rees Horror In The East (Paperback)
Laurence Rees 1
R287 R248 Discovery Miles 2 480 Save R39 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The brutal Japanese treatment of allied prisoners of war, as well as countless thousands of Chinese civilians, during World War 2 has been well documented. Here Laurence Rees, award-winning historian and author of Auschwitz: The Nazis & The 'Final Solution' and World War II: Behind Closed Doors, turns his attention to a crucial but less understood factor of one of the most dramatic and important historical events of the 20th century: why were these atrocities carried out? More than 70 years after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, this incisive but accessible study examines shocking acts performed by Japanese soldiers, and asks why seemingly ordinary people were driven to mass murder, rape, suicide and even cannibalisation of the enemy. Uncovering personal accounts of the events, Horror in the East traces the shift in the Japanese national psyche - from the civil and reasoned treatment of captured German prisoners in World War 1 to the rejection of Western values and brutalization of the armed forces in the years that followed. In this insightful analysis, Rees probes the Japanese belief in their own racial superiority, and analyses a military that believed suicide to be more honourable than surrender.

Eilean Giblin - A Feminist Between the Wars (Paperback, New): Patricia Clarke Eilean Giblin - A Feminist Between the Wars (Paperback, New)
Patricia Clarke
R692 R593 Discovery Miles 5 930 Save R99 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Englishwoman Eilean Giblin arrived in Australia in 1919 with a shipload of war brides, almost certainly the only woman not wearing a wedding ring. An unconventional feminist, Giblin arrived with a commitment to women's rights and social justice, developed through the suffrage movement and the intellectual appeal of left-wing social and political ideas. During the next three decades in three Australian cities, she pursued roles relevant to her feminist and humanitarian ideals. In the small, insular society of Hobart in the 1920s, Eilean Giblin campaigned for the important feminist goal of 'equal citizenship.' She represented Tasmanian women at the International Woman Suffrage Congress in Rome in 1923 and was the first woman appointed to a hospital board in Tasmania. In Melbourne in the 1930s, she led a committee that achieved the long sought goal of a non-denominational university women's college. During World War II, she kept a diary in Canberra that is a unique social record and a powerful witness to the immense human suffering and futility of war. Eilean Giblin was one of a small minority who supported the enemy aliens deported from Britain to Australia in 1940 on the Dunera, undertaking a lone 500 km journey to investigate their remote internment camp. *** "An incredible true story of one woman's persistence and determination to leave the world a better place than she found it, Eilean Giblin is highly recommended especially for high school, college and public library collections." - The Midwest Book Review, Wisconsin Bookwatch, The Biography Shelf, January 2014 *** "In this meticulously researched and richly detailed study Clarke has revealed a woman previously hidden from history and as Dale Spender suggests, the 'more we know about women like her . the more we can appreciate the contribution they made to the rights we take for granted today' Foreword xiv]. Patricia Clarke's biography makes a significant contribution to that appreciation." - History Australia, Vol. 11, No. 1, April 2014

Making a New Land - Enviromental Histories of New Zealand (Paperback, Revised): Eric Pawson, Tom Brooking Making a New Land - Enviromental Histories of New Zealand (Paperback, Revised)
Eric Pawson, Tom Brooking
R545 R483 Discovery Miles 4 830 Save R62 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book presents an interdisciplinary perspective on one of the most rapid and extensive transformations in human history: that which followed Maori and then European colonisation of New Zealands temperate islands. This is a new edition of Environmental Histories of New Zealand, first published in 2002, brimming with new content and fresh insights into the causes and nature of this transformation, and the new landscapes and places that it produced. Unusually among environmental histories, this book provides a comprehensive analysis of change, focusing on international as well as local contexts. Its 19 chapters are organised in five broadly chronological parts: Encounters, Colonising, Wild Places, Modernising, and Contemporary Perspectives. These are framed by an editorial introduction and a reflective epilogue. The book is well illustrated with photographs, maps, cartoons and other graphics.

Anzac and Empire - George Foster Pearce and the Foundations of Australian Defence (Hardcover, New): John Connor Anzac and Empire - George Foster Pearce and the Foundations of Australian Defence (Hardcover, New)
John Connor
R1,322 R1,012 Discovery Miles 10 120 Save R310 (23%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Anzac and Empire is the remarkable story of George Foster Pearce - a carpenter who became one Australia's most influential politicians, and the man central to how Australia planned for, and fought in, World War I. The nation's longest-serving defence minister - holding the portfolio before, during and after the Great War - Pearce saw no contradiction in being both a fierce Australian nationalist, and also a loyal subject of the British Empire.Anzac and Empire is the first full-length biography of this extraordinary Australian. Written by one of Australia's leading military historians, this book shows that to understand Australia in the Great War, you must understand the man behind it.

Images of an Australian Enlightenment - The Story of Lachlan and Elizabeth Macquarie's Treatment of the Convicts as a... Images of an Australian Enlightenment - The Story of Lachlan and Elizabeth Macquarie's Treatment of the Convicts as a History Tale for Today (Hardcover)
Austin Lovegrove
R822 R666 Discovery Miles 6 660 Save R156 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is the story of two Scots, Lachlan Macquarie, governor of the British colony of New South Wales from 1810 to 1821, and of his wife, Elizabeth Macquarie, both of whom pioneered a policy of rehabilitation and renewal as part of their treatment of the convicts. The first part of the book canvasses what the Macquaries set out to achieve, and their stated reasons for this, as well as enquiring into the deeper personal forces at work within their lives. It introduces their supporters and opponents both in the Colony and in Britain. In the second part, the idea of enlightenment is introduced, its definition based on Churchill's understanding of what it means for a society to be civilized. In this light, the punitive thinking of the Macquaries' opponents both in Britain and the Colony represent darkness. In contrast, the Macquaries' work is seen as an enlightenment, one having the potential to inform, indeed challenge, the darkness of the current punitive climate of public opinion so characteristic of much of the Western world today. Following this, comes an overview of a proposal for a very different approach to the treatment of crime and criminals. There are barriers to this - ones identified by studying what a number of the enlightened minds in Britain at the time of the Macquaries were saying. Yet, there are today pockets of enlightenment to be discerned. Accordingly, though the Macquarie governorship ended in personal tragedy for the two of them, there is the opportunity for a second Age of the Macquaries, one not just confined to a remote, tiny corner of this world.

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