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    DescriptionAcross Australia, early Europeans commented again and again that the land looked like a park. With extensive grassy patches and pathways, open woodlands and abundant wildlife, it evoked a country estate in England. Bill Gammage has discovered this was because Aboriginal people managed the land in a far more systematic and scientific fashion than we have ever realised. For over a decade, Gammage has examined written and visual records of the Australian landscape. He has uncovered an extraordinarily complex system of land management using fire and the life cycles of native plants to ensure plentiful wildlife and plant foods throughout the year. We know Aboriginal people spent far less time and effort than Europeans in securing food and shelter, and now we know how they did it. With details of land-management strategies from around Australia, The Biggest Estate on Earth rewrites the history of this continent, with huge implications for us today. Once Aboriginal people were no longer able to tend their country, it became overgrown and vulnerable to the hugely damaging bushfires we now experience. And what we think of as virgin bush in a national park is nothing of the kind.


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    Title
    The Biggest Estate on Earth
    Subtitle
    How Aborigines Made Australia
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Bill Gammage
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 172 mm
    Height: 242 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 1,061 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781743311325
    ISBN 10: 174331132X
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1MBF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: JFSL9, RNF, HBJM
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27610
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET026
    Ingram Theme: CULT/AUSTRL
    B&T Approval Code: A33200000
    BISAC V2.8: SOC015000, NAT038000
    LC classification: DU
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 74
    BISAC V2.8: HIS052000
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 11
    DC22: 305.89915
    BISAC V2.8: TEC003080, HIS004000
    B&T Approval Code: A15703000
    Abridged Dewey: 990
    BIC subject category V2: 1MBF
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 49
    DC23: 305.89915
    BISAC V2.8: SOC062000
    Thema V1.0: JBSL11, RNF, NHM
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1MBF
    Thema interest age/special interest qualifier V1.0: 5PB-AU-A
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Allen & Unwin
    Imprint name
    Allen & Unwin
    Publication date
    01 April 2013
    Publication City/Country
    St Leonards
    Author Information
    Bill Gammage is the author of The Broken Years: Australian Soldiers in the Great War.
    Review quote
    "This bold book, with its lucid prose and vivid illustrations, will be discussed for years to come." --"Australian Book Review"
    Table of contents
    Introduction: The Australian estate 1. Curious landscapes 2. Canvas of a continent. Why was Aboriginal land management possible? 3. The nature of Australia 4. Heaven on earth 5. Country. How was land managed? 6. The closest ally 7. Associations 8. Templates 9. A capital tour 10. Farms without fences Invasion 11. Becoming Australian. Appendix 1: Science, history and landscape; Appendix 2: Current botanical names for plants named with capitals in the text. Notes. Bibliography. Index.