Settlers and the Agrarian Question: Capitalism in Colonial Australia Philip D. McMichael

ISBN: 9780521523165

Published: December 23rd 2004

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324 pages


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Settlers and the Agrarian Question: Capitalism in Colonial Australia  by  Philip D. McMichael

Settlers and the Agrarian Question: Capitalism in Colonial Australia by Philip D. McMichael
December 23rd 2004 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 324 pages | ISBN: 9780521523165 | 4.34 Mb

This book traces the formation of Australian colonial society and economy within the context of the changing fortunes of British hegemony in the nineteenth-century world economy. Australias transition from conservative origins as a penal colonyMoreThis book traces the formation of Australian colonial society and economy within the context of the changing fortunes of British hegemony in the nineteenth-century world economy.

Australias transition from conservative origins as a penal colony supporting a grazier class oriented to export production, to liberal agrarian capitalism, was not a simple reflex of imperial setting. Domestically, the agrarian question - who should control the land and to what end? - was the central political struggle of this period, as urban-commercial forces contested the graziers monopoly, of the landed economy. Embedded in the conflict among settler classes was an international dimension, involving a juxtaposition of laissez-faire and mercantilist phases of British political economy.

Professor McMichael argues that the transition from a patriarchal wool-growing colony to a liberal-nationalist form of capitalist development is best understood through a systematic analysis of the effect of the imperial politicoeconomic relationship on the social and political forces within nineteenth-century Australia.



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