The Fatal Shore

The Fatal Shore #2020

The Fatal Shore The history of the birth of Australia which came out of the suffering and brutality of England s infamous convict transportation system With pages of illustrations and maps One of the greatest no
  • Title: The Fatal Shore
  • Author: Robert Hughes
  • ISBN: 9780307291615
  • Page: 351
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The history of the birth of Australia which came out of the suffering and brutality of England s infamous convict transportation system With 16 pages of illustrations and 3 maps.One of the greatest non fiction books I ve ever read Hughes brings us an entire world Los Angeles Times
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    L ALTRO LATO DELLA FRONTIERA La povert non un fatto naturale, diceva Mandela, creata dall uomo, e l uomo pu mettervi fine.Gli inglesi della fine del Settecento e dell inizio dell Ottocento prendevano alla lettera questa massima, e agivano in base al seguente principio la povert non un fatto naturale, se sei povero colpa tua due volte colpa tua, perch vuol dire che non vuoi diventare ricco Se nel tuo stato di povert commetti un crimine, per esempio attenti alla mia propriet , anche solo rubando u [...]

    This is a book I ve been meaning to get to for years I listened to this as an audio book, but about half way through it became very clear that I was going to need to buy the damn thing Kids in Australian schools both when I was growing up and also now from talking to my daughters tend to learn basically bugger all about Australian History You know, kids are told something about Captain Cook, maybe a bit about the fact that there were convicts although generally they are told these were mostly se [...]

    A really solid look at Australia s ignoble European invasion The British turned the native soil of the Australian Aboriginal people into a prison island Author Robert Hughes does an excellent job of giving the reader an overall idea of what it was like to be transported to this distant penal colony, which was tantamount to a death sentence Just surviving the voyage was torture enough Once the poor prisoners yes, I have some sympathy for some of the prisoners, whose crimes could be as inconsequen [...]

    I first read this in college when the paperback came out in 1988 I remember being enthralled by it which was notable since I wasn t at that time a history reader I had years of thinking I should re read it and never did What a wonderful book It is not a pretty story not because the people who settled it were convicts, especially since many were, by our standards, minor offenders or political prisoners, but because of the conditions they faced and the treatment they received It was not pretty for [...]

    I m not quite done with Robert Hughes s excellent history of The System, otherwise known as the settlement of a continent with petty criminals, but since I m actually going to Australia in a week , and I can see the writing on the wall as far as things getting crazier before I leave, I wanted to be sure to sneak in a blog entry now More specifically, I wanted to recommend this book highly despite the often brutal facts of the case, I have seldom enjoyed a history Yway, Hughes s prose is crisp an [...]

    As an Australian, I have to say hats off truly to Robert Hughes This is a tremendously exhaustive and amazing work in which Hughes manages to trace the history of Australia in scrupulous detail In fact, there s almost too much detail but for me, I just lapped it up Much of the details about indentured men were new to me This should, without a doubt, be required reading in history classes in Australia Absolutely fantastic In fact, I learnt by reading this book than I did from 2 years of history [...]

    Adjectives fail me to describe the stupendous scope and brilliance of this book Epic is right It is a history of early Australia, on the one hand of the native inhabitants, the Aborigines, and on the other, of the wretched souls who found themselves transported to the other side of the world, and who quickly supplanted them The good the bad and the ugly The author s detailed researches appear to have left no stone unturned, as he reveals even the taboo aspects of multitudes of desperate humanity [...]

    I find that Robert Hughes writing is, well, florid He writes well but he is just too adjectival for my tastes As a big slice of information and ideas this is a good book but not a great book I would have no hesitation about recommending it, but there are better books such as John Hirst s book Convict Society And It s Enemies Hughes analysis is pretty good and I do find that even though I thought I knew how grim the early period of European Australian history was, I was not prepared for the cruel [...]

    An amazing book This 600 page tome covers the founding of Australia from the First Fleet of the transportation of convicts landing at Botany Bay through the end of the transportation in 1868 The continent of Australia was an enormous jail and the author uses letters, diaries, and other written history to paint a picture of inhumanity that reads like fiction As he spins his tale, he destroys some of the myths that Australians still accept as truths and verifies others through his impeccable rese [...]

    Absolutely a masterpiece Hughes really tackles every aspect of the founding of Australia, which is interesting than you might think, if you re not exactly packing for Sydney any time soon.When eminences like Susan Sontag, Arthur Schlesinger and Gore Vidal plug your book with comparisons to some of the greatest social chroniclers of all time, you know or hope, at least you re into something great I wasn t disappointed Hughes brings up nearly everything which contributed to Australia s founding c [...]

    I ve never known very much about Transportation or the early history of Australia, and now I wish I d paid attention when I was at school over there Obviously growing up English I was fully aware of the history between the two countries and the insults flung back and forth Pommies , convicts and the like, but there never was any real understanding of the history of those insults.So it s interesting to see just how deeply rooted Transportation, or the System as it was known, was in Australia s e [...]

    Here s another thing about Australia It has its priorities right So, when I heard Greece is in some trouble, the consequences of which might destablise the world economy, I went to ABC to check it out.Not a WORD about Greece Honestly, I don t see what all the fuss is about The really top world news stories are Lleyton Hewitt out of WimbledonA person who was born in Australia ie tenuous connection, but we still want him has made the NBA draft.Cocaine still popular in the USand the real biggie Gra [...]

    Great book on the founding of Australia and the convict colonies Also, it had the added bonus of allowing me to act confused when New Zealanders informed that Australia and New Zealand were not the same thing.

    This is a great book, one of the finest history books I have read covering Australia I found the book easy to read, the narrative flowed along full of facts but never dull Its not stuffy and boring like a lot of history books but a very good yarn I have sent copies to friends around the world and they have all enjoyed the book as well Its history at its best, some very interesting stories about Norfolk Island and Port Arthur and cannibal convicts, a very enjoyable tale Maybe some Australians are [...]

    Fatal Shore is a brilliant history of how even the destitute and outcasts of Great Britain made a superior contribution to world civilization equal to what they had done in the Americas, Asia, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent What a great people And Australia what a great country today Countries who could not absorb what the British had to offer still suffer from backwardness to this day and will most likely remain that way.

    Although The Pogues used the phrase for an album title, the term Rum, Sodomy the Lash is actually from an abbreviated quote by Winston Churchill while describing British Naval tradition It also fits well with the founding of Australia although it could also include deprivation, misery, cruelty and ignorance.I spent a long time reading The Fatal Shore , partly because it is pretty long, but also because the writing is excellent enough to savor at a measured pace My understanding of Australia up t [...]

    This is one of the great ones The Fatal Shore excels both at describing what happened and capturing what it was like.Every stage in the history of the Australian penal system, from the first explorations and Parliamentary debates to the collapse of the System amid the gold rush, is described in detail The people who make the decisions the reformers, the experimenters, the sadistic, the apathetic and those who were simply promoted beyond their level of competence come alive as characters.But most [...]

    When I was at school, we were taught that most of the convicts transported to Australia were decent but unfortunate people, who were sent here unfairly, usually for petty and justifiable crimes like stealing handkerchiefs, or loaves of bread to feed their starving families It turns out that s not quite true, and there s no avoiding the fact that the fledgling nation of Australia was built in significant part by hardened criminals Of course the story is complicated, and The Fatal Shore tells that [...]

    Amazing book I m always on the lookout for well written histories, and this one kept surfacing in various lists and blogs and searches So when I stumbled on it at our local used bookstore, I decided to try it Hughes history of colonial Australia is gut wrenching, exhausting, and superbly written I don t know what s astounding the fact that Britain transported so many convicts 14,000 miles around the world to this remote continent they hadn t even mapped or explored, or that the prisoners doome [...]

    An aptly named epic, pulling the reader through the bile and brutal details of the founding of Australia as a penal colony Hughes s magnificent story telling hustles down the ages the land and sea, the politics, the traditions the very roots of the Aussie people At every turn, the reader shakes his head in wild disbelief The book, and the continent, stand as a testament to man s primal instincts selfish and noble to survive and flourish at all cost as in the story of a convict escape into the wi [...]

    Time for some non fiction This book is a big un 600 pages w o the notes but it s been very well written so far I know very little about the early history of Australia beyond watching Botany Bay on TV years ago and reading about the Transportation of convicts and Resettlement of other sad sack poor people in Dickens David Copperfield and Great Expectations I read Bill Bryson s fun book about the Land Down Under and have seen plenty of Aussie films over the years That s about it Moving along as th [...]

    Australia is a huge, epic, and often harsh land This book is also huge, epic, and sometimes hard to read Not because it s badly written just the opposite Robert Hughes is a master of the English language and uses it to full effect on every page but because of the harshness of the subject matter the transportation of criminals from Georgian and Victorian England to Australia in the late 18th and 19th Centuries, and how a string of penal colonies gradually became a nation and how their criminal or [...]

    With the paltry amount of popular history books I have read, I m hard pressed to think of one better than Hughes The Fatal Shore What Hughes has done here is, in lavish detail and in a humane voice, given us the bizarre and violent tale of the founding of a remote British penal colony Some of the accounts of cruelty, of madness, of pain and survival are so wild that I simply wouldn t believe them if I didn t know them to be true Australia or, as it was called, New South Wales was meant to be one [...]

    This book explains a lot about Australian culture why it s so anti authority, why mates time is so strong, why going slow on the job is seen as OK, why racism is so ingrained, why having a trade and being skilled is so respected explains why being an Australian was important as opposed to being British and how early settlers conquered the bush and built towns on the backs of convict labour Early traders to Australia sold their goods at exorbitant prices as there was no competition and this carri [...]

    In which Mr Hughes destroys most of the myths Australians tell ourselves, whether conservative we re not really descended from convicts or, usually, progressive the convicts were mostly political refugees nope The convicts and the indigenous peoples worked together to nope And does it in a highly entertaining narrative It really isn t over rated, though it is, perhaps, overlong.

    I read this along with books by Alan Moorehead in order to better understand some friends from Australia and the peoples and history of the SW Pacific region in which my father had served during WWII.This particular book is very well written and serves as a painless introduction to the history of modern Australia The writer, primarily known as an art critic, is a master of descriptive prose.

    Robert Hughes has written a towering account of the years during which Britain transported convicts to Australia, thereby beginning the colonization of a continent that would one day hold a place among the world s free nations Hughes s fascinating text covers the exaggerated fear of a criminal class that, along with hopes of establishing a colonial presence in the region, caused England to spend so much treasure on the system of transportation We also get much fascinating information about the d [...]

    Fascinating and surely the last word on the subject However, I would say that 600 pages is a reasonable amount of space in order to deal withthe wholeof Australian history while this tome only really covers the convict issue It s a real eye opener and Hughes writes superbly but the constant attention to covering of his tracks marks this out as an academic book posing as a general interest one The book is at its best when describing the internationalrealpolitikof 200 years ago and although the pe [...]

    This is disturbing, compelling and fascinating reading A must read for all those interested in knowing about the incredibly cruel and complex first 100 years of white Australia It s an especially provocative reflection on the issue of punishment versus reform or rehabilitation, and also a great expose of the destructive force of power in the wrong hands.

    History of the founding of the Australian colony on a grand scale Tells of the absolutely terrifying conditions and utter cruelty which prevailed for only too long.

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