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Frontier History Revisited: Queensland and the 'History War' Paperback – 3 November 2011
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Colonial Queensland was arguably the most violent of all Australian colonial frontiers. Her primary sources certainly reflect the doubtful honour of delivering the most frequent reports of shootings and massacre of indigenous people, the three single deadliest massacres on white settlers, the most disreputable frontier police force, and the highest number of white victims to frontier violence recorded in the history of any Australian state or territory. The most obvious explanation for the higher level of violence is provided by powerful evidence suggesting that she was also, in terms of original indigenous population and number of tribes on record, the single most populous of the Australian colonies. 'Frontier History Revisited' allow its readers an opportunity to examine and compare the most prominent statements made during the skirmish known in the popular Australian press as 'The History War', with a chronological listing of citations from the primary sources to colonial Queensland's history. It then goes on to examine political and other forms of dissent to her frontier indigenous policies and the actual role, presence and influence of missionaries and protectors. Finally it presents and debates anew the evidence of white and black victims to frontier violence in north-eastern Australia, for the first time providing a full listing of all recorded Europeans and assistants who fell victim during the nineteenth century to this violence within the territory of the present day state of Queensland.
- Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (3 November 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 286 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1466386827
- ISBN-13 : 978-1466386822
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 1.63 x 22.86 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 66,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr. Laila Haglund
Queensland Frontier History - Aboriginal aspectsReviewed in the United States on 20 December 2013
When the additional volumes promised appear, I may well raise the rating to five stars. The book is essential reading for anybody interested in questions raised in the "History War". The author's research appears to be extensive and very careful, the accounts given and assessments of persons involved appear balanced and thoughtful, all of which makes the book important but extremely depressing reading. As when reading about Nazi atrocities, one must marvel at what apparently normal and decent persons can be persuaded to think of as reasonable and necessary behaviour.
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