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Spoils and spoilers: Australians make their environment 1788-1980

Bolton, G.C. (1981) Spoils and spoilers: Australians make their environment 1788-1980. Allen & Unwin, Sydney, Australia.


Spoils and Spoilers is a comprehensive history of the complex relationship Australians have with the land they live in. From the subtle environmental management practices of the Aborigines to the giant mining and development enterprises of today, it surveys the ways Australians have responded to their surroundings. Spoils and Spoilers looks at how white settlers, struggling to survive in an unfamiliar landscape, saw the land as an enemy to be conquered. It then describes the long period during which the land was opened up and settled: the rush for gold, the spread of agriculture, the impact of cities, and the sprawl of suburbs. Professor Bolton also charts the history of the environment movement from its beginnings in the mid-nineteenth century to its dramatic rise to prominence and influence in recent years, as the environmental cost of development becomes starkly clear.

Publication Type: Book
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Social Inquiry
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Notes: The Australian experience ; no. 2
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