Hunters and Collectors: The Antiquarian Imagination in Australia - Studies in Australian History (Paperback)
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Hunters and Collectors: The Antiquarian Imagination in Australia - Studies in Australian History (Paperback)

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Paperback 432 Pages / Published: 01/04/1996
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Hunters and Collectors is about historical consciousness and environmental sensibilities in European Australia from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. It is in part a collective biography of amateur antiquarians, archaeologists, naturalists, journalists and historians: people who shaped the Australian historical imagination. Dr Griffiths illuminates the way these avid collectors and investigators of the Australian land and of its indigenous inhabitants contributed a sense of identity at colony-wide and eventually nationwide level. He also considers the rise of professional history, anthropology and archaeology in the universities, which ignored the efforts of the amateurs. Griffiths shows how the seemingly trivial activities of these hunters and collectors feed into the political and environmental debates of the 1990s. This book is outstanding in its originality, interpretative insight and literary flair.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521483490
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 630 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Review of the hardback: '... Griffiths breaks some fascinating ground in this thought provoking and engaging study of private Australian collectors ...' The Australian
Review of the hardback: '... is a challenging, imaginative study of the politics and processes that continue to shape our history. While aimed at a specialist audience, the writing is lucid enough to appeal to the general reader'. The Bulletin
"...this is a model of a book in the way the author skillfully blends meticulous research, detailed description, encompassing ideas, and sophisticated insight. The book also has excellent and truly helpful illustrations." Miriam Kahn, Pacific Affairs

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