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Vesna Drapac

Vesna Drapac reviews 'A Social History of France 1789-1914 Second Edition' by Peter McPhee

August 2004, no. 263 01 August 2004
France in 1914 was in many ways almost completely different from how it was in 1789. In the 1780s France was an ‘agrarian pre-capitalist society’ in which the ‘location of most industry and the sources of power and most wealth were rural’. By the turn of the twentieth century, it was a capitalist society in which ‘an urban, bourgeois and republican culture had become as hegemonic as had ... (read more)

Vesna Drapac reviews 'The French explorers and the Aboriginal Australians 1772–1839' by Colin Dyer

October 2005, no. 275 01 October 2005
In this book, Colin Dyer draws on the writings of French explorers from ten expeditions spanning the years between 1772 and 1839. His aim is ‘to enable readers to make as close an acquaintance as possible directly with the French explorers and the Aboriginal Australians during their encounters’. He presents the material with little contextual information or analysis, maintaining that he has ... (read more)