In a single-volume, the reader will learn about significant events and features that have contributed to the uniqueness of Australia's land and people. By following an interdisciplinary approach, the text gives a comprehensive analysis of the country's evolution from ancient Aboriginal cultures into a vibrant multicultural nation. The reader is given a chronological framework within which to examine the dynamic nature of Australian society. The themes and concepts covered highlight the multiple histories and identities that are encountered in Australian literature, film and popular media. "An Introduction to Australia" has been written primarily for English-language students at Swedish universities and colleges. However, this book will also be of interest to the general reader who is unfamiliar with the development of Australian society, as well as scholars and teachers who cover aspects of Australia within their field of study or area of teaching. This book provides relevant background knowledge of the society for those interested in Australian literature and film. Internet sources at the end of each chapter encourage readers to further their study of the multifaceted aspects of Australian life. Chapter 10 presents lists of titles, authors and reference resources as an introduction to the exciting field of Australian literature. By using the suggested websites and Chapter 10 the reader is challenged to go beyond stereotypical images to discover the forms of diversity and the sources of unity that influenced, and continue to influence, Australian society.