Possession: Batman’s Treaty and the Matter of History by Bain Attwood

The fascinating story of the only treaties ever made in Australia.

It contemplates why these agreements were forged, how the Aboriginal people understood their terms, why government repudiated them, and how settlers claimed to be the rightful owners of the land.

Bain Attwood also reveals the ways in which the settler society has endeavoured to make good its act of possession—by repeatedly creating histories that have recalled or repressed the memory of Batman, the treaties, and the Aborigines’ destruction and dispossession—and charts how Aboriginal people have unsettled this matter of history through their remembering.

Bain Attwood is Professor of History at Monash University and has held fellowships at the University of Cambridge and Harvard University. In 2010 his book Possession: Batman’s Treaty and the Matter of History won the Ernest Scott Prize for the most distinguished contribution to the history of Australia or New Zealand or colonial history. Previous works include Rights for AboriginesTelling the Truth About Aboriginal History and Empire and The Making of Native Title: Sovereignty, Property and Indigenous People. He is the co-editor of Telling Stories: Indigenous History and Memory in Australia and New Zealand and Protection and Empire: A Global History.

 

Paperback, 432pp, (2009)

ISBN:9780522851144

Publisher: The Miegunyah Press

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The fascinating story of the only treaties ever made in Australia.

It contemplates why these agreements were forged, how the Aboriginal people understood their terms, why government repudiated them, and how settlers claimed to be the rightful owners of the land.

Bain Attwood also reveals the ways in which the settler society has endeavoured to make good its act of possession—by repeatedly creating histories that have recalled or repressed the memory of Batman, the treaties, and the Aborigines’ destruction and dispossession—and charts how Aboriginal people have unsettled this matter of history through their remembering.

Bain Attwood is Professor of History at Monash University and has held fellowships at the University of Cambridge and Harvard University. In 2010 his book Possession: Batman’s Treaty and the Matter of History won the Ernest Scott Prize for the most distinguished contribution to the history of Australia or New Zealand or colonial history. Previous works include Rights for AboriginesTelling the Truth About Aboriginal History and Empire and The Making of Native Title: Sovereignty, Property and Indigenous People. He is the co-editor of Telling Stories: Indigenous History and Memory in Australia and New Zealand and Protection and Empire: A Global History.

 

Paperback, 432pp, (2009)

ISBN:9780522851144

Publisher: The Miegunyah Press

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Weight 0.760 kg
Dimensions 24 × 17 × 2 cm

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