Environment, Race and Nationhood in Australia: revisiting the empty north

McGregor, Russell (2016) Environment, Race and Nationhood in Australia: revisiting the empty north. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, NY, USA.

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Abstract

For seventy years after federation, Australians fretted over the "empty north" of their continent. This book explains why they were worried and how their anxieties about Australia's tropical regions shaped the self-image of the nation. It offers a timely and compelling account of environmental misgivings that still run through debates about Australia's north.

Research Statement

Research Background This is a work of original historical scholarship based on archival and library research.
Research Contribution This is the first book to explain why past generations of Australians were worried about the north of their continent and how their anxieties shaped the self-image of the nation. It offers a timely and compelling account of why Australians saw the tropical north as an empty land, and why those past perceptions matter.
Research Significance The book offers a timely and compelling account of environmental misgivings that still run through debates about Australia’s north.
Item ID: 44707
Item Type: Book (Research - A1)
ISBN: 978-1-349-90573-7
Keywords: Northern Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland, Kimberleys, environmental attitudes, environmental policy, White Australia policy, Australian-Asian relations, Aboriginal people, agriculture – history, closer settlement, northern development, empty north
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Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2016 23:22
FoR Codes: 45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4501 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, language and history > 450107 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history @ 30%
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430302 Australian history @ 70%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 100%
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