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Historical Dictionary of Australian Aborigines


Rolls, M and Johnson, M, Historical Dictionary of Australian Aborigines, Rowman & Littlefield, London, pp. 290. ISBN 978-1-5381-3434-4 (2019) [Revision/New Edition]

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The Aboriginal Australians first arrived on the continent at least 60,000 years ago, occupying and adapting to a range of environmental conditions—from tropical estuarine habitats, densely forested regions, open plains, and arid desert country to cold, mountainous, and often wet and snowy high country. Cultures adapted according to the different conditions and adapted again to environmental changes brought about by rising sea levels at the end of the last ice age. European colonization of the island continent in 1788 not only introduced diseases to which Aborigines had no immunity but also began an enduring and at times violent conflict over land and resources. Reconciliation between Aborigines and the settler population remains unresolved. This second edition of the Historical Dictionary of Australian Aborigines contains a chronology, an introduction, an extensive bibliography, and more than 300 cross-referenced entries on the politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture of the Aborigines. This book is an excellent resource for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about the indigenous people of Australia.

Item Details

Item Type:Revision/New Edition
Keywords:Australian Aborigines; Indigenous history; Indigenous culture; Historical Dictionary
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, language and history
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Rolls, M (Dr Mitchell Rolls)
UTAS Author:Johnson, M (Dr Michael Johnson)
ID Code:135378
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2019-10-16
Last Modified:2019-10-16

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