Life in the Country: Australia in the Victorian Age Volume 2 by Michael Cannon
Secondhand. Good condition. Ex library copy with stickers, stamps and protective plastic covering. Wear to book corners and edges. Marks on tail foredge.
The second volume of Michael Cannon's saga on Australia in the Victorian age concentrates on the pastoral experience and the nature of the Australian rural dream. It combines comprehensive coverage of the economic process with vivid descriptions of the emotions and ambitions, the sweat and toil of human participants who carried it out.
Cannon explores how squatters, Australian Aboriginals, selectors, shearers and town dwellers battled for possession of the land's riches. He demolishes the myth of a golden age of rural life, showing how each group of settlers was compelled to fight both an obstinate environment and fellow man for survival.