The extinction of the Tasmanian Aborigines has long been viewed as one of the great tragedies resulting from the British occupation of Tasmania. This book demonstrates that the Aborigines in Tasmania, although dispossessed, did not die out then or at any other period in Tasmania's history. Some eight thousand descendants remain today. In examining the myth created by nineteenth-century historians and scientists that Aborigines could not survive invasion, Lyndall Ryan investigages the nature of that invasion, Aboriginal resistance, and white Tasmanian policies towards the Aborigines after dispossession. The Aboriginal Tasmanians then follows the emergence of a new Aboriginal community outside the boundaries of white society yet denied Aboriginal identity. In this new edition, Lyndall Ryan explores the fortunes of the present day community in their quest for landrights and social justice. Tasmania was the cradle of race relations in Australia in the nineteenth century. It retains this position on the 1990s. In telling the story of the Aboriginal Tasmanians' struggles for a place in their own ountry, Lyndall Ryan provides special insights into the past and present of Aboriginal people nation-wide. Lyndall Ryan began research into the Tasmanian Aborigines in 1970 and, after publishing the first edition of this book in 1981, has expanded her research and teaching to include gender, race and class relations in colonial Australia. The second edition of this book is the result of continuing research into the Tasmanian Aborigines today. She is reader in Women's Studies at Flinders University. '...by far the best and most scholarly work on the Tasmanian Aborigines in the twentieth century.' Henry Reynolds, National Times 'An enthralling read, the first comprehensive regional study of Aboriginal-European relations from 1800 to the present day.' Peter Dwyer, Weekend Australian Magazinesitish
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