The Black War: Fear, Sex and Resistance in Tasmania

The Black War: Fear, Sex and Resistance in Tasmania

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Nicholas Clements, Foreword by Henry Reynolds

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  • Publisher: University of Queensland Press
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 228mm x 18mm | 420g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2014
  • Publication City/Country: St Lucia
  • ISBN 10: 0702250066
  • ISBN 13: 9780702250064
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 45,588

Product description

Between 1825 and 1831, close to 200 Britons and 1,000 Aborigines died violently in Tasmania's Black War. It was by far the most intense frontier conflict in Australia's history, yet many Australians know little about it. "The Black War" takes a unique approach to this historic event, looking chiefly at the experiences and attitudes of those who took part in the conflict. By contrasting the perspectives of colonists and Aborigines, Nicholas Clements takes a deeply human look at the events that led to the shocking violence and tragedy of the war, detailing raw personal accounts that shed light on the tribes, families, and individuals involved as they struggled to survive in their turbulent world. "The Black War" presents a compelling and challenging view of Australia's early contact history, the legacy of which reverberates strongly to the present day.

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Nicholas Clements is an honorary research associate in the School of Humanities at the University of Tasmania. Henry Reynolds is a leading Australian historian.

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By Josh Chambers 24 May 2014 5

This is an EXCEPTIONAL book. I've been a bit jaded with the politicising of colonial history for some time now, but this book shows both sides of the frontier without judgment. The first half of each chapter is written from the white man's perspective and the second half from the black perspective. It's a format I've never seen before but it works incredibly well!!

It makes some big claims and some novel claims, but I was left feeling like there was no disputing them. Obviously he could have fabricated his evidence like some other historians (e.g. Lyndall Ryan) have, but it's based on Clements' PhD thesis, which I checked out online, and which provides extensive (and referenced) tables and graphs to back up the claims he makes.

Perhaps best of all, the book is incredibly well written and easy to read...probably the only history book I've read that can legitimately be called 'a page turner'!!