Island Nation: A History of Australians and the Sea

Island Nation: A History of Australians and the Sea

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Traces the profound, diverse and all-embracing influence of the sea on Australian society

Island Nation: A History of Australians and the Sea

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The story of the Australian people is a story of the interactions of land, cities and the sea. Land and cities have received ample attention but the role of the sea as an integral part of our national experience has remained largely unexplored. Island Nation sets out to restore the sea to its rightful place in Australia’s history. It offers an alternative account of the past and opens new windows on the forces that have shaped our present. The book traces the profound, diverse and all-embracing influence of the sea on Australian society – an influence that extends far beyond the coastline. Three major issues emerge: controlling sea space, taming distance, and living with the sea. In exploring these issues in all their diversity, the book ranges widely, encompassing the birth of an Australian ‘Monroe Doctrine’, the development of unique economic and political institutions, the role of surfing and the growth of tourism, the impact of the sea on Australian art, ‘ships of shame’ and very much else besides.

Softcover, 291pgs, well illustrated, maps, notes, select bibliography, index. Very good, corner of cover creased. 195mm x 260mm

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Short Description Traces the profound, diverse and all-embracing influence of the sea on Australian society
Weight (g) 505.0000
Author F. Broeze
Publisher Allen & Unwin.
Date Published 1998
ISBN 1 86448 424 1
Size 214mm x138 mm

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