Economics and the Dreamtime
A Hypothetical History
By (author) Noel George Butlin
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Economics and the Dreamtime by Noel George Butlin
Book DescriptionIt is a common perception that the influence of the Aborigines on British settlement in Australia was minimal. The economic significance of Aboriginal culture for the colonisers is rarely addressed and until now, has not been closely studied by an economic historian. This imaginative book presents a concept of a pre-European Aboriginal economy. It shows how an Aboriginal presence over millennia shaped the local environment and responded to it, so that the Aboriginal economy developed into an ordered system of decision-making able to satisfy the wants of the people. The book closely analyses the processes which allowed economic control of a country to pass from Aboriginal to European hands within 60 years of settlement. Professor Butlin's presentation of the contrast between one of the world's most ancient economies and one of its youngest is both illuminating and exciting.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521438209
(254mm x 178mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Dec-1993
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Noel George Butlin
Forming a Colonial Economy, Paperback (January 1994)» View all books by Noel George Butlin
This 1995 book provides a comprehensive account of the development of Australia's colonial economy before the gold rushes.
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