Manning Clark's History Of Australia

Manning Clark's History Of Australia

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Manning Clark's six-volume work, A History of Australia, is an Australian masterpiece. Published between 1962 and 1987, the work was some three decades in the making. It is the testament of Clark's commitment to Australian scholarship and to telling our story.

A History of Australia is one of the most passionately debated visions of our history, in which the struggle to realise an Australian nation is played out on an epic scale. Clark sees the process of change as driven by unceasing conflict between generosity of vision and inevitable human frailty. His Australians are people of great goodwill and deep sinfulness, of expansive ideas and small-mindedness, of patriotic independence and a fearful allegiance to Empire.

Michael Cathcart's succinct and imaginative Abridgement ranges from 1788 to the threshold of World War II. His skilful re-orchestration of this monumental work is unerringly faithful to Clark's sympathies, language and understandings.
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  • Hardback | 528 pages
  • 165.1 x 246.38 x 50.8mm | 952.54g
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • 1port
  • 0522845231
  • 9780522845235
  • 1,236,956

About Cathcart Michael

Michael Cathcart was born in Melbourne in 1956, the year television came to Australia. He was educated at Melbourne Grammar School, the University of Melbourne, the Australian National University and a tyre factory in Port Melbourne. He teaches at the University of Melbourne and is the author of Defending the National Tuckshop, a study of conservative responses to the Great Depression. He is currently writing a history of water-dreaming in Australia. His fatal flaws are a love of theatre and a preference for short books.

Born in Sydney in 1915, Manning Clark won scholarships to Melbourne Grammar School and the University of Melbourne. He later attended Balliol College, Oxford, and in the early 1940s taught history at schools in England and Australia. He was senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne and, later, Professor of History in the School of General Studies, Australian National University. In 1972 he became the first Professor of Australian History and was awarded honorary doctorates by the universities of Melbourne, Newcastle and Sydney. In 1975 Clark was made a Companion of the Order of Australia, in recognition of his writing of the History, and was named Australian of the Year for 1980. Professor Clark died in May 1991.
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