Flocks, crops and rocks: Australian economic history since 1788

(Class leader: David Meredith)

This paper examines issues and debates in Australian economic history focusing not only on the exploitation of natural resources – the wool, wheat and minerals referred to in the title – but also the domestic economy, cities, demographic structure, economic policies and institutions, industrialisation and the services sector. We will consider the major interpretations of Australian economic development since British invasion and the recent impact of modern economic growth theories. We ask if Australia’s economic history can usefully be compared to other countries’ experience and what conclusions can be drawn from Australia as an example of a successful developed economy.

Hilary and Trinity terms: eight fortnightly seminars of two hours each:



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