Keith Windschuttle - The fabrication of Aboriginal History - Volume 1


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Keith Windschuttle - The fabrication of Aboriginal History - Volume 1
Van Diemen's Land 1803-1847

Keith Windschuttle (born 1942) is an Australian writer, historian, and former ABC board member.
Major published items include Unemployment (1979), which analysed the economic causes and social consequences of unemployment in Australia and advocated a socialist response; The Media : a New Analysis of the Press, Television, Radio and Advertising in Australia (1984), on the political economy and content of the news and entertainment media; The Killing of History (1994), a critique of postmodernism in history; The Fabrication of Aboriginal History : Volume One : Van Diemen's Land 1803-1847 (2002), which accuses a number of Australian historians of falsifying and inventing the degree of violence in the past; The White Australia Policy (2004), a history of that policy which argues that academic historians have exaggerated the degree of racism in Australian history; and The Fabrication of Aboriginal History, Volume Three : The Stolen Generations 1881-2008, which argues the story of the "stolen generations" of Aboriginal children is a myth.
He was editor of Quadrant magazine 2008-2015 when he became Chair of the board and editor-in-chief. He has been the publisher of Macleay Press since 1994.

In this first Volume Keith Windschuttle proves that the numbers of Aboriginal people deliberately killed by Europeans in the early days of colonial settlement were far fewer than is commonly believed, and that the numbers have been exaggerated for political purposes. This book is the first in a projected three volume series, and concentrates on Tasmania.
He also demonstrates that, contrary to received belief, there was no conscious policy of genocide, and also that there was no guerrilla war, no organised resistance waged by Aboriginal people in Tasmania. He further attempts to demonstrate that Tasmanian Aborigines had no concept of land ownership, that they numbered no more than 2000 souls at the time of European contact, and that (and this will be familiar to many readers) they were probably on the decline anyway, demographically and culturally.

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