The Eighties: The Decade That Transformed Australia by Frank Bongiorno

By Frank Bongiorno

Winner of the ACT booklet of the yr Award

It used to be the period of Hawke and Keating, Kylie and INXS, the America’s Cup and the Bicentenary. It was once probably the main arguable decade in Australian historical past, with high-flying marketers booming and busting, torrid debates over land rights and immigration, the appearance of AIDS, a harsh recession and the increase of the hot Right.

It used to be a time while Australians fought for social swap – on union wood strains, at rallies for women’s rights and opposed to nuclear guns, and as a part of a brand new environmental movement.

And then there have been the occasions that left many scratching their heads: Joh for Canberra . . . the Australia Card . . . Cliff Young.

In The Eighties, Frank Bongiorno brings all this and extra to lifestyles. He sheds new mild on ‘both the standard and outstanding issues that occurred to Australia and Australians in this liveliest of decades’.

Shortlisted for the 2016 Ernest Scott Prize, the 2016 CHASS Australia Prize and the 2016 NSW Premier's heritage Prize.

‘The definitive account of an encouraged, infuriating decade’ —George Megalogenis

‘A very amazing fulfillment’ —the Monthly

‘Meaty and exciting’ —the Australian

Frank Bongiorno is professor of historical past on the Australian nationwide collage and writer of the award-winning The intercourse Lives of Australians. He has written for the Monthly, the Australian and Inside Story.

Show description

Read or Download The Eighties: The Decade That Transformed Australia PDF

Best australian & oceanian history books

Over My Dead Body

Winner, 2008 IP choices top Fiction AwardMarked by way of the occasions of the nice Flood of 1893 and the formation of the 1st miners’ unions, Over My lifeless physique is an Australian epic; a literary feat exemplifying a writer’s craftsmanship and commitment to bringing heritage alive. This e-book places Australia’s present resource-driven prosperity into context via exhibiting the everyday struggles of normal employees simply attempting to get by means of.

The Man Who Loved Crocodiles and Stories of Other Adventurous Australians

The lives of twelve outstanding Australians supply a desirable glimpse of a 'vanished and vanishing land' - revealing a mosaic of Australia over the last century. 'To pay attention the tale of an individual who has lived lengthy and good is a privilege past fee. it's a unusual and lovely procedure to delve into one other person's lifestyles; unusual simply because we frequently specialise in our personal lives, now not others, excellent simply because to find one other is to discover a treasure.

Ghost Platoon (Hachette Military Collection Book 1)

'thoroughly researched and compelling . . . a chilling account' - The solar HeraldAn eye-opening account of Australian strive against historical past, untold . . . before. In 1969 a ragtag unit of 39 males have been thrown jointly at Nui Dat, Vietnam. It was once so slapdash a bunch it did not also have an officer or sergeant dependable.

Ireland's New Worlds: Immigrants, Politics, and Society in the United States and Australia, 1815–1922 (History of Ireland & the Irish Diaspora)

Within the century among the Napoleonic Wars and the Irish Civil warfare, greater than seven million Irish women and men left their place of birth to start new lives in a foreign country. whereas the bulk settled within the usa, Irish emigrants dispersed around the globe, lots of them discovering their approach to one other “New World,” Australia.

Additional resources for The Eighties: The Decade That Transformed Australia

Example text

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.43 of 5 – based on 12 votes