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a little bit of early Australian history

June 19, 2009

So far, this is what I understand: One of the reasons why traditional relationships between the aborigines and the whites are terrible is because the whites saw this great big hunk of land and decided that they were the first ones to own it.  They definitely observed and interacted with the aborigines, but the settlers did not accord the aborigines owndership of the land and so did not try to debate treaties with them.  In the Old World, land ownership could be defined by those who farmed the land; there was no farming in Australia at that time, however, because the aborigines had long realized they could not sustain themselves by agriculture as long as Australia’s weather was wildly unpredictable (and it still is, due to El Nino patterns).

“The Aboriginal rejectioni of agriculture as a way of life meant that they were regarded as nomadic occupiers of the country but not its lawful possessors. Herein can be found the seeds of more than two centuries of conflict between blacks and white in Ausralia, concerning who owned the country then and who owns the counry now.” The History of Australia by Grank G. Clarke, page 20.

Last night I fell asleep reading about the history of Australia, waking up this morning with my 100 watt incandescent bulb still on.  The study abroad office has strongly encouraged us to study Australian history and culture before and during our study abroad program, and I intend to finish this 211 page book. I’ve gotten to the 17th century, so I still have 400 years to go.

As I’m reading about Australian history, I realize that I don’t feel very educated about America’s history or current events. What do I know about the economic, social, political issues of America? of California? What about global issues?  How can I rectify the situtation? Read NYT?

The bake sale is going pretty well, I’ve had a total of 5 orders so far. I estimate I need about 20 orders to make $200. If you know anyone interested in delicious, homemade baked goods, be sure to send them my way 😀

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Philip Hsiao permalink
    June 24, 2009 13:14

    Haha, NYT is good for current events. But I find wikipedia to be the best source of knowledge 😛

  2. Katherine permalink
    June 24, 2009 17:53

    Don’t listen to him. Instead, listen to npr! 🙂

  3. Sophia permalink
    July 15, 2009 22:16

    READ TIME MAGAZINE (or Newsweek)! Hella legit!! BTW this is one of my favorite blogs, maybe you’ll like it too 🙂 http://ethicist.blogs.nytimes.com/

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