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A STUDY IN BLACK & WHITE Aborigines in Australian History

192 pages, 225 x 150 mm, 100 b&w illustrations

9781877058783, $29.95, Paperback

Malcolm Prentis

Available: Now

For nearly two hundred years, the Aborigines were treated as little more than ‘a melancholy footnote’ to Australian history. When A Study in Black and White was first published in 1975 it was called an ‘excellent short summary’. This third edition continues to offer a simple, balanced and concise study of the interaction of indigenous and European Australians. It has been reorganized and completely rewritten to update the text in the light of the boom in historical, archaeological and anthropological research into, and contending interpretations of, the Australian Indigenous story over the last forty years.

This book traces the evolution of relations between black and white from 1788 to the present but, in a unique approach, it divides the story into two parts: the first examines Aboriginal reactions to the non-indigenous, and the second examines policies of governments and non-indigenous attitudes towards Indigenous people.

Using numerous illustrations and incorporating carefully selected primary sources, Malcolm Prentis presents an overview which will appeal to both the student and the general reader, providing a background to the situations still facing black and white Australians today.

Malcolm Prentis is Professor of History at Australian Catholic University in Sydney, where he has taught Aboriginal history for several years. He is a graduate of Sydney and Macquarie Universities and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He has published many works on various aspects of Australian history and his recent Concise Companion to Aboriginal History (Rosenberg, 2008) has been widely praised.