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Author McGregor, Russell, 1955- author.

Title Environment, race, and nationhood in Australia revisiting the empty north / Russell McGregor.

Published New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  994.29 MCGR    AVAILABLE
 UniM Bail  304.6099429 MCGR    DUE 31-10-19
Physical description xix, 256 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Notes Includes index.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Anxieties Aroused -- Whiteness Versus the Tropics -- Acquiring a White Elephant -- A Dog in the Manger -- Coloring the Empty Spaces -- Redeeming the Desolation -- Downgrading the North -- Vulnerabilities Laid Bare -- Modest Projections, Massive Projects -- The Divisive North -- Whither the White North? -- Emptiness Attenuated.
Summary This new study offers a timely and compelling account of why past generations of Australians have seen the north of the country as an empty land, and how those perceptions of Australia's tropical regions impact current policy and shape the self-image of the nation. It considers the origins of these concerns - from fears of invasion and moral qualms about leaving resources lying idle, from apprehensions about white nationhood coming under international censure and misgivings about the natural attributes of the north - and elucidates Australians' changing appreciations of the natural environments of the north, their shifting attitudes toward race and their unsettled conceptions of Asia.
Subject Land settlement patterns -- Australia, Northern -- History.
Economic development -- Australia, Northern -- History.
Australia, Northern -- History.
ISBN 1349905739