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Turning Points Chapters in South Australian history
Turning Points Chapters in South Australian history

Turning Points Chapters in South Australian history

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South Australia has often been represented as 'different': free of convicts, more enlightened in its attitudes toward Aboriginal people, established on rational economic principles, and progressive in its social and political development. Some of this is true, some of it is not, but mostly the story is more complex.

In this book, eminent historians explore these themes by examining some key 'turning points' in South Australia's history. Henry Reynolds considers the question of Aboriginal rights to land. Bill Gammage illustrates the nature of Aboriginal land management. Paul Sendziuk unravels the myth of the colony's convict-free origins, while Robert Foster and Amanda Nettelbeck reveal a surprisingly strong sense of 'nationalism' in colonial South Australia. Susan Magarey traces the histories of two crucial events in the advancement of women. Neal Blewett examines the political innovations of Don Dunstan. Jill Roe looks at life in the country in twentieth-century South Australia, and Mark Peel life in the city, in particular the migrant experience after World War Two. Finally, John Hirst asks: 'How distinctive was South Australia after all?'

Praise for Turning Points
'A truly remarkable set of essays on many important but different aspects of South Australian history.' - Nic Klaassen, Flinders Ranges Research

'Ten eminent historians have produced a genuine set of essays on many significant, though diverse, aspects of South Australian history ... This is a valuable compendium for specialists.' - Rama Gaind, PS News

Robert Foster and Paul Sendziuk are both Associate Professors in the School of History and Politics at the University of Adelaide. Robert Foster works especially in the area of Australian and comparative Indigenous History and his most recent book, co-authored with Amanda Nettelbeck, was Out of the Silence: The history and memory of South Australia’s frontier wars. Paul Sendziuk has particular expertise in the history of Australian immigration, public health and disease. He is the author of Learning to Trust: Australian responses to AIDS. They are currently writing a history of South Australia.