Henry Reynolds on the Forgotten War
Australia is dotted with memorials to soldiers who fought in wars overseas. Why are there no official memorials or commemorations of the wars that were fought on Australian soil between Aborigines and white colonists? Why is it more controversial to talk about the frontier wars now than it was 100 years ago?
Drawing on research and fieldwork conducted for his latest book Forgotten War, acclaimed historian and writer Henry Reynolds outlines the depth and breadth of violence and conflict between white colonists and Aborigines, in Australia’s own forgotten frontier wars.
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Henry Reynolds spent thirty years at James Cook University in Townsville. He wrote his first article on frontier conflict in 1972.Since then he has published more than twenty books, among them titles such as The Other Side of the Frontier (1981), The Law of the Land (1987), Why Weren’t We Told? (1... Read more
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