Blainey, Geoffrey: Tyranny of distance

Blainey, Geoffrey

The Tyranny of Distance: How Distance Shaped Australia’s History, Sun Books, Melbourne, 1966; numerous later editions

The book ‘describes how distance and isolation have been central to Australia’s history and in shaping its national identity, and will continue to form its future… even in the twenty-first-century “global village”. (blurb for revised edition, which edition is available for free download). While the book coined a phrase the relevance of distance today is sometimes questioned. A sympathetic discussion of Blainey’s overall work is here and more commentary is here. Commentary on the 50th anniversary of the book.

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