Spoils and Spoilers: Australians make their environment 1788-1980

Spoils and Spoilers: Australians make their environment 1788-1980

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A comprehensive account of the love-hate relationship between Australians and the land they live in.

Spoils and Spoilers: Australians make their environment 1788-1980

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This book is the first comprehensive account of the strange love-hate relationship between Australians and the land they live in. From the subtle environment management practices of the Aborigines to the giant mining and development enterprises of today, it surveys the ways Australians have responded to their physical surroundings. The book retells the history of this country from a new and challenging standpoint. The first white settlers, blinkered by fear and the desperate need to survive in an unfamiliar landscape, saw the land as an enemy to be conquered. In developing Australia, later generations pursued economic growth whatever the cost to the environment. The book described that long period in which conservation was either ignored or seen as husbanding resources for future use. But Spoils and Spoilers also tells the story of how a hope survived – a hope that articulate and well-informed citizens could influence governments and the private sector to make provisions for the quality of urban and rural environments. It describes how it is possible that the growing concern for Aboriginal land rights might lead to a subtler appreciation of conservation and of the Aboriginal concept of a religious respect for the land.

Softcover, 197 pgs, photographs, notes, bibliography, index. Very Good.

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Short Description A comprehensive account of the love-hate relationship between Australians and the land they live in.
Weight (g) 370.0000
Author G. Bolton
Publisher Allen & Unwin; The Australian Experience Series: No. 2
Date Published 1981
ISBN 0 86861 218 0
Size 213mm x 140mm

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