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John Tebbutt - Rebuilding and Strengthening the Foundations of Australian Astronomy (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017): Wayne Orchiston John Tebbutt - Rebuilding and Strengthening the Foundations of Australian Astronomy (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Wayne Orchiston
R3,953 Discovery Miles 39 530 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book marks the centennial of Tebbutt's death with a major biographical account surveying his scientific contributions to astronomy, prefaced with a foreword by Sir Patrick Moore. During the second half of the nineteenth century, Tebbutt was Australia's foremost astronomer. He devoted his time and funds to astronomy, and built a truly international reputation that far surpassed Australia's leading professional astronomers of the day. This book marks the centennial of Tebbutt's death with a major biographical account. Tebbutt's remarkable record of achievement extends over more than half a century. Orchiston's book covers the whole of Tebbutt's career, from his yearly observatory reports and comet discoveries to his time as the first president of Sydney's branch of the British Astronomical Association.

Walk a War in My Shoes (Paperback): Murray Ernest Hall Walk a War in My Shoes (Paperback)
Murray Ernest Hall
R343 R286 Discovery Miles 2 860 Save R57 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

On the 25th August 1895, Ernest Alfred Hall was born into a pioneering Australian family that lived on a 313-acre property called 'Cloverdale' near the hamlet of Beech Forest, south of the Otway Ranges, some 200 kilometres south west of Melbourne, Victoria. As a child, it seemed he would be destined for the life of a farmer in a country that was just realising its independence through Federation, yet his path was to be diverted by the cataclysmic events that befell Europe and the British Empire. So it was, that one month short of his 20th birthday, Ernest caught the train to Melbourne and enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force. At only 5' 3" he was never going to be the biggest soldier in the army, but as his father said to him, "It's not the size of the dog in the fight, son, but the size of the fight in the dog." Like so many, Ernest Hall embarked for the war to end all wars. Unlike so many, his letters and records survived. This is his story.

Gangland: The Great Escapes (Paperback): James Morton, Susanna Lobez Gangland: The Great Escapes (Paperback)
James Morton, Susanna Lobez
R641 R585 Discovery Miles 5 850 Save R56 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Frontiers of Taste - Food Sovereignty, Sustainability and Indigenous-Settler Relations In Australia (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017):... Frontiers of Taste - Food Sovereignty, Sustainability and Indigenous-Settler Relations In Australia (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Zane Ma Rhea
R3,967 Discovery Miles 39 670 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book provides a critical, multiperspective, sociohistorical analysis of the role of food in postcolonial Indigenous, British and French settler relations. Drawing on archival resources from Australian explorers, settlers and nation builders, the book argues that contemporary issues of food security, sovereignty and sustainability have been significantly shaped by the colonial impact on human foodways. The author goes on to enhance readers' understanding of how contact between inhabitants and newcomers was shaped and informed by food, and how these engagements established a modus vivendi that carries through to the present day. Based on the assessment of archival records, it uses a comparative, socio-historical lens to investigate contact between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people where the exchange of food or knowledge about food took place. It finds that the transfer of food and food knowledge was multifaceted, and the flow of food knowledge occurred in both directions, although these exchanges were neither symmetrical nor balanced. It also analyzes and discusses food as a focal point of activity. The final chapter offers an assessment of the potential for the development of a sustainable, nutritious, tasty Australian cuisine that moves beyond the tropes and stereotypical narratives embedded into colonial Indigenous-settler relations in the context of food. If this was accepted by all Australians, it would allow opportunities to be created for Indigenous Australians to develop food products for the market that are sustainable, economically viable and developed in ways that are culturally appropriate.

Scenic Playground - The Story Behind Mountain Tourism in New Zealand (Hardcover): Peter Alsop, Lee Davidson, Dave Bamford Scenic Playground - The Story Behind Mountain Tourism in New Zealand (Hardcover)
Peter Alsop, Lee Davidson, Dave Bamford
R1,700 R1,197 Discovery Miles 11 970 Save R503 (30%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This lavish book explores the story behind the promotion of New Zealand's mountains - through posters, advertisements, hand-coloured photos and more. It explains how the country built its reputation as an alpine playground and, alongside, how mountains became central to belonging to Aotearoa.

In their Time of Need - Australia's Overseas Emergency Relief Operations 1918-2006 (Hardcover): Steven Bullard In their Time of Need - Australia's Overseas Emergency Relief Operations 1918-2006 (Hardcover)
Steven Bullard
R3,329 Discovery Miles 33 290 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This volume of The Official History of Australian Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Post-Cold War Operations recounts the activities of Australia's military forces in response to overseas natural disasters. The military's involvement in overseas emergency management is focused primarily on the period immediately after disaster strikes: transporting relief supplies, providing medical assistance, restoring basic services and communications and other logistical support. Beginning with the 1917-18 influenza epidemic that ravaged the Pacific and culminating with the 2005 Pakistan earthquake, this book covers Australia's response to some of the most catastrophic natural events of the twentieth century. In their Time of Need is richly detailed, as Steven Bullard weaves together official government records and archival images with the personal narratives and photographs of those who served. This volume is an authoritative and compelling history of Australia's efforts to help their neighbours.

Taking Liberty - Indigenous Rights and Settler Self-Government in Colonial Australia, 1830-1890 (Hardcover): Ann Curthoys,... Taking Liberty - Indigenous Rights and Settler Self-Government in Colonial Australia, 1830-1890 (Hardcover)
Ann Curthoys, Jessie Mitchell
R1,875 Discovery Miles 18 750 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

At last a history that explains how indigenous dispossession and survival underlay and shaped the birth of Australian democracy. The legacy of seizing a continent and alternately destroying and governing its original people shaped how white Australians came to see themselves as independent citizens. It also shows how shifting wider imperial and colonial politics influenced the treatment of indigenous Australians, and how indigenous people began to engage in their own ways with these new political institutions. It is, essentially, a bringing together of two histories that have hitherto been told separately: one concerns the arrival of early democracy in the Australian colonies, as white settlers moved from the shame and restrictions of the penal era to a new and freer society with their own institutions of government; the other is the tragedy of indigenous dispossession and displacement, with its frontier violence, poverty, disease and enforced regimes of mission life.

Treaty of Waitangi (Paperback): Ross Calman Treaty of Waitangi (Paperback)
Ross Calman
R505 R332 Discovery Miles 3 320 Save R173 (34%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"The Treaty of Waitangi" is the founding document of New Zealand, a subject of endless discussion and controversy, and is at the centre of many of this nations major events, including the annual Waitangi Day celebrations and protests. Yet many New Zealanders lack the basic information on the details about the Treaty.

Empire and the Making of Native Title - Sovereignty, Property and Indigenous People (Hardcover): Bain Attwood Empire and the Making of Native Title - Sovereignty, Property and Indigenous People (Hardcover)
Bain Attwood
R971 Discovery Miles 9 710 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book provides a new approach to the historical treatment of indigenous peoples' sovereignty and property rights in Australia and New Zealand. By shifting attention from the original European claims of possession to a comparison of the ways in which British players treated these matters later, Bain Attwood not only reveals some startling similarities between the Australian and New Zealand cases but revises the long-held explanations of the differences. He argues that the treatment of the sovereignty and property rights of First Nations was seldom determined by the workings of moral principle, legal doctrine, political thought or government policy. Instead, it was the highly particular historical circumstances in which the first encounters between natives and Europeans occurred and colonisation began that largely dictated whether treaties of cession were negotiated, just as a bitter political struggle determined the significance of the Treaty of Waitangi and ensured that native title was made in New Zealand.

History of Africa, Asia and Australia - A Concise Outline (Paperback): Jack J Kanski History of Africa, Asia and Australia - A Concise Outline (Paperback)
Jack J Kanski
R397 R332 Discovery Miles 3 320 Save R65 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Jack J. Kanski presents concise, illustrated histories covering a range of historical periods and providing readers with key information about events and people that have shaped the history of the world. In History of Africa, Asia and Australia, Kanski offers readers key information on the history of these continents. The books also contain information regarding key historical and military events and explore how individuals helped to shape the outcome of these conflicts. The reader is also presented with information regarding key historical periods and important events. Using a didactic, bullet-point format and accompanied by many colour illustrations, including paintings and maps, Kanski's A Concise Outline series enables readers to quickly and easily absorb key information about some of the world's most famous historical individuals and events. The books are not designed for historians, but rather will appeal to the general reader searching for concise and informative history books.

The United Nations and the Indonesian Takeover of West Papua, 1962-1969 - The Anatomy of Betrayal (Hardcover): John Saltford The United Nations and the Indonesian Takeover of West Papua, 1962-1969 - The Anatomy of Betrayal (Hardcover)
John Saltford
R3,050 Discovery Miles 30 500 Ships in 10 - 15 working days


This book examines the role of the international community in the handover of the Dutch colony of West Papua/Irian Jaya to Indonesia in the 1960s and questions whether or not the West Papuan people ever genuinely exercised the right to self-determination guaranteed to them in the UN-brokered Dutch/Indonesian agreement of 1962. Indonesian, Dutch, US, Soviet, Australian and British involvement is discussed, but particular emphasis is given to the central part played by the United Nations in the implementation of this agreement. As guarantor, the UN temporarily took over the territory's administration from the Dutch before transferring control to Indonesia in 1963. After five years of Indonesian rule, a UN team returned to West Papua to monitor and endorse a controversial act of self-determination that resulted in a unanimous vote by 1022 Papuan 'representatives' to reject independence. Despite this, the issue is still very much alive today as a crisis-hit Indonesia faces continued armed rebellion and growing calls for freedom in West Papua.

eBook available with sample pages: 0203221877

The Knowledge Solution: Australian History - What place does history have in a post-truth world? (Paperback): Anna Clark The Knowledge Solution: Australian History - What place does history have in a post-truth world? (Paperback)
Anna Clark
R642 R586 Discovery Miles 5 860 Save R56 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Does history provide us with cautionary tales or does it highlight the contested nature of our understanding of the past? Colonisation, nationalism, racism. Fighting on foreign shores, violence on our own country. Workers' rights, land booms, cultural wars. What can we learn from these reoccurring events across the recent history of this nation? In The Knowledge Solution: Australian History, the country's most compelling writers and historians give insight into the challenging and diverse perspectives of Australia's past, and illuminate how we may better step into the future. Contributors include: David Unaipon; Michael Cannon; Stuart Macintyre; Rebe Taylor; Mark McKenna; Rebecca Perkins; Marcia Langton; Peter Sutton; Jo Wainer; James Curran; Stuart Ward; Ellen Warn; Michele Grossman; John Rickard; Peter Spearritt; Helen MacDonald; Janet McCalman; Mark Davis; Richard Evans; Edward Duyker; Ray Parkin; Geoffrey Blainey; Peter Cochrane; Raffaello Carboni; Bain Attwood; Manning Clark.

Out of Australia - Aborigines, the Dreamtime, and the Dawn of the Human Race (Paperback): Steven Strong, Evan Strong Out of Australia - Aborigines, the Dreamtime, and the Dawn of the Human Race (Paperback)
Steven Strong, Evan Strong
R423 R400 Discovery Miles 4 000 Save R23 (5%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Empire And Others - British Encounters With Indigenous Peoples 1600-1850 (Hardcover): Professor M Daunton, Rick Halpern Empire And Others - British Encounters With Indigenous Peoples 1600-1850 (Hardcover)
Professor M Daunton, Rick Halpern
R3,071 Discovery Miles 30 710 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Much has been written about the forging of a British identity in the 17th and 18th centuries, from the multiple kingdoms of England, Scotland and Ireland. But the process also ran across the Irish sea and was played out in North America and the Caribbean. In the process, the indigenous peoples of North America, the Caribbean, the Cape, Australia and New Zealand were forced to redefine their identities. This text integrates the history of these areas with British and imperial history. With contributions from both sides of the Atlantic, each chapter deals with a different aspect of British encounters with indigenous peoples in Colonial America and includes, for example, sections on "Native Americans and Early Modern Concepts of Race" and "Hunting and the Politics of Masculinity in Cherokee treaty-making, 1763-1775". This book should be of particular interest to postgraduate students of Colonial American history and early modern British history.

Bedlam at Botany Bay (Paperback): James Dunk Bedlam at Botany Bay (Paperback)
James Dunk
R548 Discovery Miles 5 480 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

What happened when people went mad in the fledgling colony of New South Wales? In this important new history of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, we find out through the correspondence of tireless colonial secretaries, the brazen language of lawyers and judges and firebrand politicians, and heartbreaking letters from siblings, parents and friends. We also hear from the mad themselves. Class, gender and race became irrelevant as illness, chaos and delusion afflicted convicts exiled from their homes and living under the weight of imperial justice; ex-convicts and small settlers as they grappled with the country they had taken from its Indigenous inhabitants, as well as officers, officials and wealthy colonists who sought to guide the course of European history in Australia. This not a history of the miserable institutions built for the mentally ill, or those living within them, or the people in charge of the asylums. These stories of madness are woven together into a narrative about freedom and possibilities, and collapse and unravelling. The book looks at people at the edge of the world finding themselves at the edge of sanity, and is about their strategies for survival. This is a new story of colonial Australia, cast as neither a grim and fatal shore nor an antipodean paradise, but a place where the full range of humanity wrestled with the challenges of colonisation. The first book-length history of madness at the beginning ofEuropean Australia Original and evocative, it grapples seriously with the place ofmadness in Australia's convict history The book's intimate descriptions of madness and the response to itgive a unique picture of life in the early colony through the lens ofmental illness Awareness of mental health continues to rise globally. This bookexplores efforts to understand and to treat madness before asylums,hospitals and doctors made madness a medical problem. Meticulously researched by James Dunk, a young emerginghistorian of medicine and colonialism

Destroy and Build - Pacification in Phuoc Thuy, 1966-72 (Hardcover): Thomas Richardson Destroy and Build - Pacification in Phuoc Thuy, 1966-72 (Hardcover)
Thomas Richardson
R1,262 R973 Discovery Miles 9 730 Save R289 (23%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In 2002, Governor General Michael Jeffrey stated that 'we Australians had everything under control in Phuoc Tuy Province'. This referred not only to military control, but to the policy of 'pacification' employed by the Republic of Vietnam and external 'Free World' allies such as the US and Australia. In the hopes of stemming the tide of Communism, pacification aimed to win the allegiance of the populace through political, economic and social reform. In this new work, Thomas Richardson explores the 1st Australian Task Force's (1ATF) implementation of this policy in Phuoc Tuy between 1966 and 1972. Using material from US and Australian archives, as well as newly translated Vietnamese histories, Destroy and Build: Pacification in Phuoc Tuy, 1966-1972 challenges the accepted historiography of the Western forces' fight against insurgency in Vietnam.

Treasures from the Hocken Collections - Ka Taoka Hakena (Hardcover): Stuart Strachan, Linda Tyler Treasures from the Hocken Collections - Ka Taoka Hakena (Hardcover)
Stuart Strachan, Linda Tyler
R640 R564 Discovery Miles 5 640 Save R76 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Published to celebrate the centenary of its foundation, this book introduces and samples the Hocken Library's principal collections. There are many outstanding items in these collections, including significant holdings of twentieth-century New Zealand art, early New Zealand manuscripts, maps and publications, early Australian manuscripts and many other items of great interest. Designed to illustrate the richness of these collections, the book also stands as a tribute to the many benefactors, beginning with Dr T.M. Hocken at the end of the 19th century, who have the endowed the Hocken. This book will be both a surprise and a delight to all readers. The Hocken Collections owes its existence to the vigorous collecting and subsequent generosity of a Dunedin doctor, Thomas Morland Hocken (1836-1910). Hocken worked as a ship's surgeon between England and Australia until settling in Dunedin in 1862. Hocken applied his drive and talent to the acquisition of books, newspapers, maps, pamphlets,

Legacies of Violence - Rendering the Unspeakable Past in Modern Australia (Hardcover): Robert Mason Legacies of Violence - Rendering the Unspeakable Past in Modern Australia (Hardcover)
Robert Mason
R2,680 R2,526 Discovery Miles 25 260 Save R154 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Whether in the form of warfare, dispossession, forced migration, or social prejudice, Australia's sense of nationhood was born from-and continues to be defined by-experiences of violence. Legacies of Violence probes this brutal legacy through case studies that range from the colonial frontier to modern domestic spaces, exploring themes of empathy, isolation, and Australians' imagined place in the world. Moving beyond the primacy that is typically accorded white accounts of violence, contributors place particular emphasis on the experiences of those perceived to be on the social periphery, repositioning them at the center of Australia's relationship to global events and debates.

A Farewell to Ice - A Report from the Arctic (Paperback): Peter Wadhams A Farewell to Ice - A Report from the Arctic (Paperback)
Peter Wadhams
R365 R308 Discovery Miles 3 080 Save R57 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Based on five decades of research and observation, a haunting and unsparing look at the melting ice caps, and what their disappearance will mean. Peter Wadhams has been studying ice first-hand since 1970, completing 50 trips to the world's poles and observing for himself the changes over the course of nearly five decades. His conclusions are stark: the ice caps are melting. Following the hottest summer on record, sea ice in September 2016 was the thinnest in recorded history. There is now the probability that within a few years the North Pole will be ice-free for the first time in 10,000 years, entering what some call the "Artic death spiral." As sea ice, as well as land ice on Greenland and Antarctica, continues to melt, the rise in sea levels will devastate coastal communities across the world. The collapse of summer ice in the Artic will release large amounts of methane currently trapped by offshore permafrost. Methane has twenty-three times greater greenhouse warming effect per molecule than CO2; an ice-free arctic summer will therefore have an albedo effect nearly equivalent to that of the last thirty years. A sobering but urgent and engaging book, A Farewell to Ice shows us ice's role on our planet, its history, and the true dimensions of the current global crisis, offering readers concrete advice about what they can do, and what must be done.

Past Perfect (Paperback, 2nd edition): Karen Zelas Past Perfect (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Karen Zelas
R675 R490 Discovery Miles 4 900 Save R185 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A story of love and loss, racial prejudice and the search for selfhood in two women from generations 170 years apart. The backdrop of the 1840 French settlement of Akaroa, with its established Maori community, enriches this novel with the diversity and complexity that make up the New Zealand heritage. Sue Spencer's marriage is being tested, she has to confront her mortality and her children are growing away from her. She embarks on a search for meaning in her life, for a better sense of who she is. Her quest takes her to Akaroa, to France and back, tracing her genealogy. It leads to her great-great-grandmother, Bibi Dujardin, who crossed the world in a converted whaler to settle the land and claim it for France. But Sue's discoveries about her ancestry place further pressure on strained family relationships. Karen Zelas is a former psychiatrist and psychotherapist. Her first book of poetry, Night's Glass Table, was the winner of the 2012 IP Picks Best First Book award. She is Fiction Editor of Takah literary magazine and editor of the anthology Crest to Crest, Impressions of Canterbury: prose and poetry (Wily Publications, 2009). Her short stories and poetry have been published in a variety of literary magazines, anthologies and broadcast on radio.

Roads, Tourism and Cultural History - On the Road in Australia (Hardcover): Rosemary Kerr Roads, Tourism and Cultural History - On the Road in Australia (Hardcover)
Rosemary Kerr
R3,005 R2,625 Discovery Miles 26 250 Save R380 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Roads and road tourism loom large in the Australian imagination as distance and mobility have shaped the nation's history and culture, but roads are more than simply transport routes; they embody multiple layers of history, mythology and symbolism. Drawing on Australian travel writing, diaries and manuscripts, tourism literature, fiction, poetry and feature films, this book explores how Australians have experienced and imagined roads and road touring beyond urban settings: from Aboriginal 'songlines' to modern-day road trips. It also tells the stories of iconic roads, including the Birdsville Track, Stuart Highway and Great Ocean Road, and suggests alternative approaches to heritage and tourism interpretation of these important routes. The ongoing impact of the colonial past on Indigenous peoples and contemporary Australian society and culture - including representations of the road and road travel - is explored throughout the book. The volume offers a new way of thinking about roads and road tourism as important strands in a nation's cultural fabric.

The New South Africa At Twenty - Critical Perspectives (Paperback): Peter Vale, Estelle H. Prinsloo The New South Africa At Twenty - Critical Perspectives (Paperback)
Peter Vale, Estelle H. Prinsloo
R165 R137 Discovery Miles 1 370 Save R28 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Some of South Africa’s finest academic minds look back at twenty years of democratic rule.

How far have we really come? Is race still an entrenched issue in our country? Why does gender discrimination continue? Why are the poor in revolt? Is free expression under threat? What happened to South African Marxism? What drives Julius Malema? How have the unions experienced the post-apartheid years?

These (and many other) questions run through pages that, amongst other things, bring back the voices of both Neville Alexander and Jakes Gerwel. Analytical and accessable, this book continues a long tradition of engaging South Africa’s politics and society in a non-partisan, but critical, fashion.

It opens the way for innate explanations and provides insights that lie beyond the workaday accounts on offer by pundits.

Lost Histories - Recovering the Lives of Japan's Colonial Peoples (Hardcover): Kirsten L. Ziomek Lost Histories - Recovering the Lives of Japan's Colonial Peoples (Hardcover)
Kirsten L. Ziomek
R1,396 Discovery Miles 13 960 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A grandson's photo album. Old postcards. English porcelain. A granite headstone. These are just a few of the material objects that help reconstruct the histories of colonial people who lived during Japan's empire. These objects, along with oral histories and visual imagery, reveal aspects of lives that reliance on the colonial archive alone cannot. They help answer the primary question of Lost Histories: Is it possible to write the history of Japan's colonial subjects? Kirsten Ziomek contends that it is possible, and in the process she brings us closer to understanding the complexities of their lives. Lost Histories provides a geographically and temporally holistic view of the Japanese empire from the early 1900s to the 1970s. The experiences of the four least-examined groups of Japanese colonial subjects-the Ainu, Taiwan's indigenous people, Micronesians, and Okinawans-are the centerpiece of the book. By reconstructing individual life histories and following these people as they crossed colonial borders to the metropolis and beyond, Ziomek conveys the dynamic nature of an empire in motion and explains how individuals navigated the vagaries of imperial life.

Braided Waters - Environment and Society in Molokai, Hawaii (Hardcover): Wade Graham Braided Waters - Environment and Society in Molokai, Hawaii (Hardcover)
Wade Graham; Foreword by Donald Worster
R1,471 R1,166 Discovery Miles 11 660 Save R305 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Braided Waters sheds new light on the relationship between environment and society by charting the history of Hawaii's Molokai island over a thousand-year period of repeated settlement. From the arrival of the first Polynesians to contact with eighteenth-century European explorers and traders to our present era, this study shows how the control of resources-especially water-in a fragile, highly variable environment has had profound effects on the history of Hawaii. Wade Graham examines the ways environmental variation repeatedly shapes human social and economic structures and how, in turn, man-made environmental degradation influences and reshapes societies. A key finding of this study is how deep structures of place interact with distinct cultural patterns across different societies to produce similar social and environmental outcomes, in both the Polynesian and modern eras-a case of historical isomorphism with profound implications for global environmental history.

A Free Country - Australians' Search for Utopia 1861-1901 (Hardcover): David Kemp A Free Country - Australians' Search for Utopia 1861-1901 (Hardcover)
David Kemp
R1,298 R1,150 Discovery Miles 11 500 Save R148 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A Free Country: Australians' Search for Utopia 1861-1901 tells how Australians, inspired by their new democracy, attempted to use their freedom to build a society without social and economic conflict. As the second book in a landmark five-volume Australian Liberalism series, A Free Country shows the successes and missteps in the attempt to establish the legal and moral foundations for a liberal society in Australia, examining the ideological battles of the period. The national politics of twentieth-century Australia had their roots during this time, as utopian dreams of 'social reconstruction' opposed liberal ideals of individual freedom, fostering the concept of 'class wars' and leading to the ongoing involvement of trade unions in politics. As emerging collective ideas of nationalism, empire, race and class challenged individual rights and threatened to seed domestic and international conflict, liberals succeeded in bringing the six colonies into one Australian nation founded on liberal principles, writing a constitution hailed as the most democratic in the world.

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