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Australian history
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NewSouth Publishing

About the book

Book cover - Indigenous and other Australians since 1901.

Not 'dying out' as predicted, Aboriginal numbers recovered and—along with Torres Strait Islanders—they became an articulate presence, aggrieved at colonial authority's interventions into family life and continuing dispossession. This book narrates their recovery—not only in numbers but in cultural confidence and critical self-awareness. Pointing to Indigenous leaders, it also reassesses the contribution of government and mission 'protection' policies and the revised definitions of 'Aboriginal'. Rowse explains why Australia has conceded a large Indigenous Land and Sea Estate, and argues that the crisis in 'self-determination' has been fuelled by Indigenous critique of the selves that they have become.