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The Other Side of the Frontier: Aboriginal Resistance to the European Invasion of Australia


The Other Side of the Frontier: Aboriginal Resistance to the European Invasion of Australia

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    Henry Reynolds(Author) C.D. Rowley(Foreword)
The publication of ""The Other Side of the Frontier"" in 1981 profoundly changed the way in which we understand the history of relations between indigenous Australians and European settlers. It has since become a classic of Australian history. Drawing from documentary and oral evidence, the book describes in meticulous and compelling detail the ways in which Aborigines responded to the arrival of Europeans. Henry Reynolds' argument that the Aborigines resisted fiercely was highly original when it was first published and is no less challenging today.

"'Reynolds has painted an exciting and compelling picture of resistance seen from the Aboriginal side... in most cases Aborigines fought heroically against overwhelming odds and superior weapons to resist usurpation of their lands, their rights and their livelihood.' - Age Monthly Review" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • By Fernando Fernández Aransay on 15 September 2008

    I am most surprised to discover that I am the first person to write a review on this book: the fact that it is a piece of scholar work, that it is so interesting and that it was written more than twenty five years ago (it is a new edition, though, that this review is about), made me believe there would be loads of other opinions on it.Mr. Reynolds writes in a pleasant, concise and straight forward manner, so that although the book has to cover a variety of matters (it is not only about the 'military' resistance of aborigines against colonisation, but also about the cultural clash and its most immediate consequences: opposition, coexistence or acculturation) he accomplishes a general overview in just about two hundred pages. To this also helps the fact that rather than trying to establish universal thruths or to simply topple general assumptions of the mainstream understanding of the confrontation and antagonism between 'black fellas' and 'white fellas', Mr. Reynolds turns to hard facts to offer broader interpretation of their relationship, and of the attitudes of the aborigines as tools for a better and unprejudiced understanding of History. And I do think Mr. Reynolds succeeds in this.The book poses more questions than it really answers, but that is precisely one of its virtues, I should say. It reminded me of another book, 'Changes in the land', in that both are works that in a somehow defiant but sound fashion provide new points of view for a better and richer comprehension of their historical subject matters. I think lessons from both books may be drawn and applied (mutatis mutandis) in iterpreting historical episodes and trends elsewhere.

  • By Dr. D. M. Syme on 9 April 2016

    This book is a little dated now but will change the way you think about the colonisation (or "invasion" if you prefer...) of Australia.

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