A Concise History of Australia ISBN 9781108728485

Written by one of Australia’s most respected historians. A Concise History of Australia offers a lively and clear narrative history that is accessible to general readers. This fifth edition explores the effects of the export and investment boom in the early twenty-first century, as well as the continuing search for solutions to climate change, unauthorised arrival of refugees, Indigenous disadvantage and generational change.


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Weight 0.515 kg
Dimensions 21.5 × 14 × 2 cm

Stuart Macintyre






Cambridge University Press


420 pages


students, teachers


print book

Stuart Macintyre, one of Australia’s most highly regarded historians, revisits A Concise History of Australia to provoke readers to reconsider Australia’s past and its relationship to the present. Integrating new scholarship with the historical record, the fifth edition of A Concise History of Australia brings together the long narrative of Australia’s First Nations’ peoples; the arrival of Europeans and the era of colonies, convicts, gold and free settlers; the foundation of a nation state; and the social, cultural, political and economic developments that created a modern Australia. As we enter the third decade of the twenty-first century, Macintyre’s Australia remains one of achievements and failures. So too the future possibilities are deeply rooted in the country’s past endeavours. A Concise History of Australia is an invitation to examine this past.