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History of Australasia, from the Earliest Times to the Present Day, with a Chapter on Australian Literature - Arthur Wilberforce Jose
ISBN: 9781177839488
Publication Date: 2013
...reproduction of a book published before 1923... may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc...

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Nations - Azar Gat; Alexander Yakobson (As told to)
ISBN: 9781107400023
Publication Date: 2013
What are the origins of nationalism & why is it capable of arousing such intense emotions? In this major study, Azar Gat counters the prevailing fashionable theories according to which nations & nationalism are modern & contrived or 'invented'. He sweeps across history & around the globe to reveal that ethnicity has always been highly political & that nations & national states have existed since the beginning of statehood millennia ago.

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The European World 1500-1800 - Beat K├╝min (Editor)
ISBN: 9780415628648
Publication Date: 2013
Presents early modern Europe not as a mere transitional phase, but a dynamic period worth studying in its own right. Written by an experienced team of specialists, and derived from a perennially successful undergraduate course, it offers a student-friendly introduction to all major themes and processes of early modern history.

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Contesting History : narratives of public history - Black
ISBN: 9781472519504
Publication Date: 2014
Using a global, non-Western model, Jeremy Black examines the employment of history by the state, the media, the national collective memory & others & considers its fundamental significance in how we understand the past.

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Cambridge History of Australia 2 Vols - Macintyre & Bashford (eds)
ISBN: 9781107011557
Publication Date: 2013
Australian history from its pre-European origins to the present day. Over two volumes, this major work of reference tells the nation's social, political and cultural story. Vol 1 examines Australia's indigenous and colonial history through to the Federation of the colonies in 1901. Vol 2 opens with the birth of the twentieth century, tracing developments in the nation through to the present day.

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In the Shadow of Gallipoli - Robert Bollard
ISBN: 9781742233246
Publication Date: 2013
The fighting Anzacs have metamorphosed from flesh and blood into mythic icons; the war they fought in is distant and the resistance to it within Australia has been forgotten. This book corrects such historical amnesia by looking at what occured on the Australian home front during WWI, showing that the war was a disaster and many Australians knew it.

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A History of the Pacific Islands - Steven Roger Fischer
ISBN: 9780230362680
Publication Date: 2013
This wide-ranging study of the Pacific Islands provides a dynamic and provocative account of the peopling of the Pacific, and its broad impact on world history. Spanning nearly 50,000 years of human presence in an area which comprises one-third of our planet - Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia - the narrative follows the development of the region, from New Guinea's earliest settlement to the creation of the modern Pacific states.

 

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