Book review of "Conspiracy of Silence" by Timothy Bottoms. Sydney: Australia, Allen and Unwin, 2013.

McGregor, Russell (2014) Book review of "Conspiracy of Silence" by Timothy Bottoms. Sydney: Australia, Allen and Unwin, 2013. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 60 (1). pp. 133-134.

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Abstract

[Extract] Bottoms' book advances two arguments. One is that the colonisation of Queensland was extraordinarily violent, littered with massacres of Aboriginal people. The other is that the violence has been - and remains today - veiled behind a conspiracy of silence. The first argument gets by far the most words, including great chunks of quoted testimony by colonial Queenslanders acknowledging the atrocities inflicted upon Aboriginal people. Continually replaying the noise generated by frontier violence, Bottoms has difficulty sustaining his second argument about the imposition of silence.

Item ID: 33820
Item Type: Article (Book Review)
ISSN: 1467-8497
Keywords: Queensland history, Aboriginal history
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Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2014 03:40
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 100%
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