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Australia: A Quiet Continent

reviewed by C. Harley Grattan - 1963

coverTitle: Australia: A Quiet Continent
Author(s): D. Pike
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Professor Pike of the University of Tasmania subtitles his history of Australia "A Quiet Continent," and then at the end, he inserts a paragraph likening the Australian story to a "fun fair," not a notably quiet event. Pike is, as a matter of fact, not entirely sure just how to interpret the Australian experience. In his last chapter, he cursorily reviews various schemes of interpretation and calls for new attempts to supply more satisfactory schemes. There can be no criticism of that, but by mixing his own images, he certainly isn't contributing to clarification. And especially is his confusion curious in that he confesses an interest in history that inspires a nation's citizens. Fun fairs do not inspire, however they may amuse the easily amused. And Australian history is not fun. It is rather a bit on the grim and dusty side. Pike attempts to compress eighteen decades of pre-history and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 64 Number 7, 1963, p. 619-619
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2990, Date Accessed: 9/28/2020 4:02:23 PM

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