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By John Hirst

If there are real questions about Australian background, there's something to puzzle over. The background ceases to be predictable—and dull.

From the writer of The Shortest historical past of Europe, acclaimed historian John Hirst, comes this clean and stimulating method of knowing Australia's previous and current.

Hirst asks and solutions questions that get to the center of Australia's history:

• Why did Aborigines no longer turn into farmers?
• How did a penal colony switch peacefully to a democracy?
• Why used to be Australia so filthy rich so early?
• Why did the Australian colonies federate?
• What impact did convict origins have on nationwide character?
• Why was once the postwar migration programme a success?
• Why is Australia no longer a republic?

Engaging and relaxing, and written for the beginner and the specialist alike, Australian heritage in 7 Questions explains how we turned the state we're today.

‘If you don't continuously trust the solutions, you are going to definitely collect a renewed curiosity within the questions. This, definitely, is the top desire of excellent history.’ —Saturday Paper

‘An first-class software for upsetting debate’ —Age

‘An fascinating approach’ —West Weekend Magazine

‘With trademark readability and perception, Hirst manages to the touch each cornerstone of Australia’s previous … each Australian should still learn this book.’ —Monthly

‘Thought provoking’ —Daily Telegraph

‘Instructively provocative’ —Burnie Advocate

Australian historical past in 7 Questions is a full of life and interesting ebook, exhibiting the abilities of a pro historian and social commentator … an individual would get advantages from studying this erudite brief book.’ —Australian magazine of Politics and History

John Hirst used to be a member of the background division at los angeles Trobe college from 1968 to 2007. He has written many books on Australian background, together with Convict Society and Its Enemies, The unusual start of Colonial Democracy, The Sentimental country, feel and Nonsense in Australian History and The Shortest background of Europe.

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Not all the technologies of the early civilizations were as grandiose or required as much cooperative effort as water control systems or cities and monumental buildings. Some were on a smaller scale, yet were just as important to the lives of the people. Two of these, weaving and pottery, were useful to everyone, even the poorest. Others, like metallurgy and wheeled vehicles, were mainly of interest to the upper classes. Unlike hunters and gatherers who clothed themselves in animal skins, agricultural people needed textiles.

These centers had only a small permanent population but served as meeting places on special occasions for thousands of people from outlying villages. Not all the technologies of the early civilizations were as grandiose or required as much cooperative effort as water control systems or cities and monumental buildings. Some were on a smaller scale, yet were just as important to the lives of the people. Two of these, weaving and pottery, were useful to everyone, even the poorest. Others, like metallurgy and wheeled vehicles, were mainly of interest to the upper classes.

Yet one of the earliest Pharaohs in Egyptian history, Sneferu, who reigned from 2613 to 2589 bce, built three pyramids in succession, two more than he needed as a tomb. The first, at Meidum, began as a step pyramid; an outer mantle, added later to turn it into a true pyramid with 52-degree sides, collapsed into rubble. Next came the Bent Pyramid, so called because it was begun as a true pyramid with 52-degree sides, but once it reached one-third of its intended height, it was quickly finished off at a shallow 43½-degree angle.

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