Aboriginal Sovereignty by Henry Reynalds

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Aboriginal Sovereignty

Three Nations, One Australia? Reflections on race, state and nation

by Henry Reynolds

Allen & Unwin, 1996 [First Edition], paperback, ISBN 1863739696

Like New Condition, previous owners inscription on title page, minor edge/shelf wear, un-creased spine.

'Aboriginal Sovereignty is a provocative study of the relations between indigenous Australians and mainstream society.  It presents a bold new interpretation of Aboriginal political development.  It challenges us to consider that the Mabo decision is not the boundary at which the recognition of indigenous rights must cease.
Aboriginal Sovereignty confronts the question of whether Aboriginal society exercised a form of sovereignty before 1788, whether the 'tribes' were actually small 'nations'.  It considers legal interpretations of what happened when the Britons arrived.  It looks at customary law and then considers current political and constitutional discussion, in Australia and overseas.'