The Destruction of Aboriginal Society
by C. D. Rowley
Penguin Books, 1986, ISBN 0140214526, paperback
Good Condition, some edge and shelf wear, some rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, small block of text separate from main block, age toned pages, underlining in black ink to some pages, previous owners inscription on half title page (see photographs)
“The Destruction of Aboriginal Society is a powerful and detailed study of the history and tragedy of interaction between black and white Australians.
Most white Australians are still unaware of the part Aborigines played in the history of white settlement. Up till now, they have been ‘written out’ of Australian history or assigned a passive role; the tragic significance of conflicts has been muted and the Aboriginal culture denigrated in school textbooks. Yet, the Aborigines profoundly influenced the kind of people who made successful new settlers in Australia.
Now that Aborigines are demanding property rights and compensation, there is a wider awareness of the conflicts between the two communities. Previously suppressed white guilt is coming to the surface, at the same time as a backlash against Aboriginal claims for welfare, rights and treaties. This book remains a basic text for understanding the historical background of the issues.”