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Manning Clark’s six-volume series, A History of Australia, is one of the masterpieces of Australian writing. It is also one of the most passionately debated visions of Australian history, in which the struggle to realise an Australian nation is played out on an epic scale.

A History of Australia: From Earliest Times to 1838, deals with the pre-white settlement era and the earliest years of European colonisation through to the establishment of an increasingly settled society and the expeditions of the great inland explorers.

This is not a general Australian history—it does not attempt to cover all aspects—and it is not a definitive or quantitative analysis. It is a work of art, a living and breathing account of the remaking of a primitive continent, history come alive.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780522848977

    September 13, 1999

    Melbourne University Press

    378 pages

    RRP $69.99

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  • Hardback

    9780522868470

    September 13, 1999

    Melbourne University Press

    RRP $99.99

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    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9780522862690

    September 13, 1999

    Melbourne University Press Digital

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Also by Manning Clark

A Short History of Australia
Manning Clark On Gallipoli
A History Of Australia (Volumes 3 & 4)
A History Of Australia (Volumes 5 & 6)
Manning Clark's History Of Australia
Speaking Out Of Turn

Recommendations

Gallipoli
The Story of the Jews
Saving the Snowy Brumbies
The Drover's Wife
Stealth Raiders
The People Smuggler: The True Story of Ali Al Jenabi
Outback Legends
Queens of the Conquest
The Bat
Down Under
God
Guns, Germs And Steel
A History Of Australia (Volumes 3 & 4)
From the Edge
Private Lives, Public History
Hitler's First Victims
The Rise and Fall of Australia
A Secret Country
Mr Showbiz
Histories of Controversy