The sequel to Lyndall Ryan’s seminal history
Tasmanian Aborigines: A History Since 1803
by Lyndall Ryan
Allen & Unwin, $35 pb, 445 pp, 9781742370682
One of the first things that Australians learn at school or on arrival as migrants is that this country has a rich history of war. Australia’s military tradition has been an integral part of the making of modern Australia. World War II opened doors to a wave of European migration and cultural enrichment, and each conflict since then has been followed by a similar surge of social development. Australia has grown up on war – or, at least, we have grown through it.