By John Hirst
If there are actual questions about Australian background, there's something to puzzle over. The historical past ceases to be predictable—and dull.
From the writer of The Shortest heritage of Europe, acclaimed historian John Hirst, comes this clean and stimulating method of realizing Australia's prior and current.
Hirst asks and solutions questions that get to the guts of Australia's history:
• Why did Aborigines no longer turn into farmers?
• How did a penal colony switch peacefully to a democracy?
• Why was once Australia so filthy rich so early?
• Why did the Australian colonies federate?
• What impact did convict origins have on nationwide character?
• Why was once the postwar migration programme a success?
• Why is Australia now not a republic?
Engaging and relaxing, and written for the beginner and the specialist alike, Australian background in 7 Questions explains how we grew to become the country we're today.
‘If you don't regularly believe the solutions, you are going to definitely collect a renewed curiosity within the questions. This, absolutely, is the top wish of excellent history.’ —Saturday Paper
‘An very good software for scary debate’ —Age
‘An interesting approach’ —West Weekend Magazine
‘With trademark readability and perception, Hirst manages to the touch each cornerstone of Australia’s prior … each Australian should still learn this book.’ —Monthly
‘Thought provoking’ —Daily Telegraph
‘Instructively provocative’ —Burnie Advocate
‘Australian historical past in 7 Questions is a full of life and intriguing publication, exhibiting the abilities of a pro historian and social commentator … someone would receive advantages from examining this erudite brief book.’ —Australian magazine of Politics and History
John Hirst was once a member of the background division at los angeles Trobe college from 1968 to 2007. He has written many books on Australian historical past, together with Convict Society and Its Enemies, The unusual beginning of Colonial Democracy, The Sentimental country, experience and Nonsense in Australian History and The Shortest historical past of Europe.
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3 The ﬁrst whorls of a skep. Photograph by the author. 4 (a) a traditional skep; (b) a hackle placed over skep (Bagster 1838). would change the angle of the bindings to make the straight sides. The entrance to the skep was cut by the beekeeper and varied to suit individual tastes. Many skeps had the entrance at the base, while others were nearer the top. 4a). ” Straw hives had a bowed handle, in contrast to the straight handle found on wicker hives. 4b) was a covering of thatch that was tied together at the top and placed over the hive for protection.
Southerne’s speciﬁc recommendations, like the use of skep hives, are no longer practiced, but they illustrate problems that still plague beekeepers today. His topics included how to get started, how to maintain the hives, how much honey would be produced, and how to avoid honey bee diseases such as foulbrood. Southerne wrote that the best time to purchase new hives was at Christmas, because they would be cheaper and the straw would be dry and best for use. The best hives would measure ﬁfteen or sixteen rolls of straw high (about half of a bushel) in size.
Once the skeps were oriented, the beekeeper would hit the sides of the bottom skep continuously for up to ﬁve minutes. The pounding stimulated the bees to run upward. Care was taken so as to not damage the combs of the ﬁ lled hive. The bees, ﬁlled with honey and confused by the overturning of their hive and the constant pounding, rushed into the empty, darkened skep. During this migration, the beekeeper would watch for the queen. If two hives were being merged, one of the queens could be removed.
Australian History in 7 Questions by John Hirst