John Hirst This eBook has been written by a local. The author has lived and worked in London for over 20 years and was born in Kent; one of the London Home Counties. His local knowledge could help enhance your trip to London; saving you time and getting you straight to some of the many great places to visit and things to do. The eBook is a short summary of things to do and places to visit; it is not a comprehensive guide book. However, because it is not comprehensive it will not take you forever to read it like some other guides! Its 40 pages and 14,000 words are easily digestible. If you are in London for a weekend break or a two week vacation, there is plenty to do and entertain you if you had only read this eBook. Each section provides personal recommendations of attractions, entertainment venues, restaurants and bars. Above all else, enjoy your trip to London, have a great time in this wonderful city.
John Hirst Celebrated historian John Hirst offers a fascinating exploration of the qualities that made Europe a world-changing civilisation.
The Shortest History of Europe begins with a rapid overview of European civilisation, describing its birth from an unlikely mixture of classical learning, Christianity and German warrior culture. Over the centuries, this unstable blend produced highly distinctive characters – pious knights and belligerent popes, romantics spouting folklore and revolutionaries imitating Rome – and its coming apart provided the dynamic of European history in modern times.
Accompanied by lively illustrations, The Shortest History of Europe is a clear, humorous and thought-provoking account of a remarkable civilisation. This new edition brings the story into the present, covering the world wars and beyond.
John Hirst 'If there are genuine questions about Australian history, there is something to puzzle over. The history ceases to be predictable— and dull.’
From the author of The Shortest History of Europe, acclaimed historian John Hirst, comes this fresh and stimulating approach to understanding Australia’s past and present.
Hirst asks and answers questions that get to the heart of Australia’s history:
• Why did Aborigines not take up farming?
• How did a penal colony change peacefully into a democratic society?
• Why was Australia so prosperous so early?
• Why did the colonies federate?
• What effect did convict origins have on national character?
• Why was the postwar migration programme such a success?
• Why is Australia not a republic?
Engaging and enjoyable, and written for the novice and the expert alike, Australian History in Seven Questions explains how we became the nation we are today.
“one of the nation’s most independent and original historians” – Geoffrey Blainey
“John Hirst is the gadfly of Australian history, stinging and provocative” – Stuart Macintyre
John Hirst was a member of the History Department at La Trobe University from 1968 to 2007. He has written many books on Australian history, including Convict Society and Its Enemies, The Strange Birth of Colonial Democracy, The Sentimental Nation, Sense and Nonsense in Australian History and The Shortest History of Europe.
John Hirst US General Douglas MacArthur, on the Australians fighting on the Kokoda Track, 1942: “Operations reports show that progress on the trail is NOT repeat NOT satisfactory.”
To which Major-General A.S. Allen drafted this reply: “If you think you can do any better come up and bloody try.”
Is there an Australian national character? What are its distinguishing features? Over the years, how have insiders and outsiders summed up this country and its people, and how have Australians responded to outside criticism?
In The Australians, John Hirst gathers together the key assessments of the national character, on topics as diverse as sport, war, mateship, humour, put-downs, suburbia and going native. There is celebration and criticism. There is humour and insight. There is the difference between what Australians think of themselves and what they are really like.
Contributors include Winston Churchill, Ned Kelly, Tim Flannery, Henry Lawson, Peter Cosgrove, Germaine Greer, Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens, Captain James Cook, David Malouf, Mark Twain, H.G. Wells, Patrick White, Oscar Wilde and Tim Winton.
“This is the most democratic place I have ever been in. And the more I see of democracy, the more I dislike it.”—D.H. Lawrence
John Hirst Sense and Nonsense in Australian History represents a lifetime's original reflection by Australia's most innovative and penetrating historian. Included here are classic essays on the pioneer legend, Australian egalitarianism and colonial culture. There are celebrated critiques of The Tyranny of Distance, multiculturalism and nationalistic history, as well as a substantial essay on Aboriginal dispossession and the history wars.
In Sense and Nonsense in Australian History, John Hirst overturns familiar conceptions and deepens our sense of Australia's development from convict society to distinctive democracy.
"one of the nation's most independent and original historians" - Geoffrey Blainey
"John Hirst is the gadfly of Australian history, stinging and provocative" - Stuart Macintyre
"essential reading for those who want to ponder, let alone write and teach about, Australian history" - Robert Murray, The Weekend Australian
John Hirst A civilização europeia não é a mais antiga da história universal, porém é única e irrepetível porque soube impor-se como nenhuma outra antes. Navegou, lutou, conquistou, evangelizou. Agiu quando mais ninguém arriscou, pelo que a história da evolução humana confunde-se com a europeia. Hoje, todos os países à face da Terra usam as descobertas científicas e as tecnologias de origem europeia. Este livro expõe - resumidamente como poucos -, toda a História da Europa. É um livro obrigatório em qualquer biblioteca.
John Hirst Freedom on the Fatal Shore brings together John Hirst's two books on the early history of New South Wales. Both are classic accounts which have had a profound effect on the understanding of our history. This combined edition includes a new foreword by the author.
Convicts with their "own time", convicts with legal rights, convicts making money, convicts getting drunk - what sort of prison was this? Hirst describes how the convict colony actually worked and how Australian democracy came into being, despite the opposition of the most powerful. He writes: "This was not a society that had to become free; its freedoms were well established from the earliest times."
John Hirst What are the qualities at the heart of Australian culture? How did they arise? What distinguishes us from other nations beyond a fondness for calling each other ‘mate’? And what do such national quirks reveal about our society, our past and our attitudes towards it?
Looking for Australia is a fascinating collection of essays by historian John Hirst. Together they form a multi-faceted portrait of Australia as a distinctive nation, with its own political culture, character and style, and particular ways of seeing itself.
Among other subjects, Hirst considers the effects of convict origins on national character, what drove the bushrangers to their daring deeds, and why Australia has compulsory voting. He examines whether Aborigines played a part in the origins of Australian Rules football, and asks whether Curtin was indeed our greatest prime minister. He discusses how best to tell Australia’s history, and, after reflecting on our past as a British dependency, makes a stirring case for a future, fully independent republic.
John Hirst The Family Court was a progressive reform of the 1970s. Now it is perhaps the most hated institution in Australia. In the first Quarterly Essay of 2005, John Hirst investigates what went wrong.
This is a measured yet unsparing appraisal which interleaves individual cases with compelling legal and moral argument. Hirst takes us deep into the workings of the Court and the domestic apocalypses it sees every day.
He explores the Court's fervour to uphold the best interests of the child no matter what and traces its chilling consequence: a court where malicious allegations regularly go unpunished. He notes the Court's enormous power over individual lives, as well as its self-proclaimed status as a 'caring court', and wonders at its ability to overlook the defiance of its own authority. In closing, he considers how to reform an institution that has bred antagonism and extremism and too often entrenched paranoia and despair. Lucid and urgent, 'Kangaroo Court' is a cautionary tale about the perils of high-mindedness when it comes to dealing with the breakdown of families.
"When Family Court judges talk piously of the 'caring court', I wish they could hear the roar of pain that their piety has caused." —John Hirst, 'Kangaroo Court'
John Hirst In un momento storico in cui gli Europei si interrogano sul senso del progetto politico dell’Unione Europea e sui fondamenti di un’identità collettiva millenaria, John Hirst, storico australiano di fama internazionale, offre uno strumento prezioso: un affascinante studio in cui dimostra come la civiltà europea abbia rivoluzionato le sorti di tutte le altre popolazioni del mondo. Con questa che l’autore stesso ha definito "la più breve storia dell’Europa" si ripercorrono più di due millenni di culture, regni, guerre e dominazioni del nostro continente: dalle origini come miscela delle radici classiche e cristiane alle conquiste del Medioevo e del Rinascimento fino agli stati nazionali e alla realtà contemporanea. Un saggio agile e divulgativo, adatto a un pubblico ampio, accompagnato da illustrazioni, mappe e grafici. Uno sguardo sulla nostra storia che arriva dall'altra parte del mondo.
John Hirst Finalement, l'Europe, c'est quoi ? Une assemblée de technocrates ? Un rassemblement politique de nations ? Une monnaie ? Pour le célèbre historien John Hirst, rien de tout cela. L’Europe, c’est avant tout une civilisation fascinante née d’un mélange improbable de culture antique, de religion et de pillages barbares.
De la Grèce antique à nos jours, ce mélange a produit des personnages hauts en couleur : de pieux chevaliers et des papes guerriers, des rois bâtisseurs et des dictateurs sanguinaires, des artistes géniaux, des philosophes et des scientifiques visionnaires. Un joyeux brassage qui a aussi fait surgir de grandes aspirations, romantiques et révolutionnaires.
C'est ainsi qu'a émergée, au fil du temps, une véritable originalité européenne qui a inspiré le monde entier par sa culture ou ses idées politiques. Cette Très brève histoire de l'Europe fait le récit clair, souvent amusant et toujours édifiant, d'une civilisation remarquable... et particulièrement vivante.
La formidable histoire de la civilisation européenne : un condensé de savoir simple et accessible.
John Hirst El sector financiero es, sin duda, necesario, pero… ¿lo es también todo lo que le rodea? En los últimos tiempos, el mundo de las finanzas ha crecido demasiado, se ha distanciado de los negocios ordinarios y de la vida cotidiana, para convertirse en una industria muy rentable que principalmente comercia consigo misma, habla consigo misma y se juzga a sí misma según unas reglas propias.
El afamado y prestigioso economista John Kay pone el dedo en la llaga y expone una incisiva crítica al actual sector financiero, que debe replantearse sus principios y metas, y sobre todo no puede olvidar que su principal cometido es administrar un dinero que ha sido creado fuera de su órbita y que no es suyo.