An alternative history of Australia written in a lively and accessible style and exploring the crucial role of the sea in shaping our national identity.
The story of the Australian people is a story of the interaction of land, cities and the sea. Land and cities have received ample attention but the role of the sea as an integral part of our national experience has remained largely unexplored. Island Nation sets out to restore the sea to its rightful place in Australia's history. It offers an alternative account of the past and opens new windows on the forces that have shaped our present.
Island Nation traces the profound, diverse and all-embracing influence of the sea on Australian society - an influence that extends far beyond the coastline. In this story of the interaction of people and the sea, three major issues emerge: controlling sea space, taming distance, and living with the sea. In exploring these issues in all their diversity, Island Nation ranges widely, encompassing the birth of an Australian 'Monroe Doctrine', the development of unique economic and political institutions, the role of surfing and the growth of tourism, the impact of the sea on Australian art, 'ships of shame' and very much else besides.
'In this deftly innovative survey, Frank Broeze draws the reader's attention away from the landmass to the oceans that surround it, and then back to the shoreline, ports and beaches. There have been previous studies of Australians and the sea, but this is our first fully amphibious account.' - Professor Stuart Macintyre
Frank Broeze's books include Brides of the Sea, Mr Brooks and the Australian Trade and Maritime History at the Crossroads. A past president of the International Commission of Maritime History, he is Professor of History at the University of Western Australia.
Short-listed Western Australia Premier's Book Awards, Historical and Critical Studies Prize 1998 AU
Table Of Contents:
PART I: CONTROLLING SEA SPACE - GEOPOLITICS, WAR AND NAVAL POLICY
1 Aboriginal Settlement and European Expansionism: British Australia in the Asia-Pacific Region
2 Independent Australia: Security and the Dilemmas of Self-reliance
PART II: OVERCOMING DISTANCE - SHIPPING, SETTLEMENT AND PORTS
3 Bridging the Oceans: Ships, Cargoes and Passengers
4 Exploration, Settlement and Coastal Shipping
5 The Heart of Maritime Life: Australia's Ports and Port Cities
PART III: LIVING WITH THE SEA - WORK, CULTURE AND LIFESTYLE
6 Australians Offshore: Harvesting the Sea
7 Maritime Workers and their Unions
8 A Culture of the Sea
9 The Sea in Australia's Life
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