Australia is dotted with memorials to soldiers who fought in wars overseas. Why are there no official memorials or commemorations of the wars that were fought on Australian soil between Aboriginal people and white colonists?Why is it more controversial to talk about the frontier war now than it was one hundred years ago?
Forgotten War continues the story told in Henry Reynolds seminal book The Other Side of the Frontier, which argued that the settlement of Australia had a high level of violence and conflict that we chose to ignore.
That book prompted a flowering of research and fieldwork that Reynolds draws on here to give a thorough and systematic account of what caused the frontier wars between white colonists and Aboriginal people, how many people died and whether the colonists themselves saw frontier conflict as a form of warfare.
It is particularly timely as we approach the centenary of WWI. This powerful book makes it clear that there can be no reconciliation without acknowledging the wars fought on our own soil.
Aborigines who fought for the white man are remembered with reverence. The many more who fought against him are forgotten. — Henry Reynolds, Forgotten War, p.6
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Other books by (or with) Henry Reynolds
- A History of Tasmania
- Aboriginal Sovereignty
- An Indelible Stain? The Question of Genocide in Australia's History
- Black Pioneers: How Aboriginal and Islander People Helped Build Australia
- Fate of a Free People
- Frontier: Aborigines, Settlers and Land
- The Law of the Land
- The Other Side of the Frontier
- This Whispering in Our Hearts
- This Whispering in Our Hearts Revisited
- Why Weren't We Told?