HIST-101 History of Australia
Professor O'Brien
This course offers an introduction to the main themes in Australian history. It begins by exploring the long history of Aboriginal Australia. It will then examine how the Aboriginal world intersected with Europe after 1770, when Captain James Cook sailed along the east coast of Australia and claimed the continent for the British Crown. Australian history from this point onwards became intertwined with European and American economies and ideas about class, race, gender, and empire. Twentieth-century topics will include: the idea of citizenship, the effects of the two World Wars and the Depression, post-war immigration, social changes in the 1960s and 1970s, issues of reconciliation with Aboriginal people and of Republicanism in the 1990s, and the forging of national myth and identity. Fall.
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