April 7, 2022|

Keith Hancock, 1930 In 1930, young historian W.K. Hancock published a book simply titled Australia. During the 90 subsequent years many other Australian historians have sought to explain the country in a single volume. Indeed, a distinctive feature of the national historiography is that so many [...]

The Tyranny Of Distance

April 6, 2022|

Geoffrey Blainey, 1966 Geoffrey Blainey’s The Tyranny of Distance is among the most important books ever written about Australia. Through the lens of distance—distance to and distances within Australia—it explains much about our origins, our economy and society, as well as our triumphs and failures. Blainey [...]