'Reynolds has painted an exciting and compelling picture of ... resistance seen from the Aboriginal side ... in most cases Aborigines fought heroically against overwhelming odds and superior weapons to resist usurpation of their lands, their rights and their livelihood.' Age Monthly Review.
Using documentary and oral evidence, much of it previously unpublished, Henry Reynolds sets out the Aboriginal reactions to the coming of the white man to Australia. Contrary to conventional beliefs the Aborigines were not passive: they resorted to guerrilla warfare, sorcery, theft of white men's goods, crops and animals, retribution and revenge sallies, and the adaptation of certain of the newcomers' ways. In presenting this material, Reynolds challenges us to reconsider not only our interpretation of our history, but also the implications for future relations between the peoples of Australia.
'This is the most important book ever on Aboriginal — European contact.' National Times.
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THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FRONTIER by Henry Reynolds
Penguin Books - 1983