This very readable book challenges the ways in which we think about the course of modern history and the present state of the world. Highly praised on its publication in Australia, and already being translated into three other languages, Conquest draws on examples from across the world to reveal the dramatic and often bloody process engaged in by societies as they attempt to supplant the hold that the pre-existing inhabitants enjoy over their lands.
Effortlessly moving back as far as the Aztecs and the founding of Constantinople, and forward to the climactic conflicts of our present time, the book ranges across countless examples, from Columbus’ discovery of the ‘New World’ to the presently changing ethnic composition of Los Angeles; from the Japanese conquest of Hokkaido to the German invasion of Poland.
In doing so, Conquest shows how the process of claiming a territory is a never-ending one that shapes the history of the particular societies, as well as the world at large. More importantly, it creates a new paradigm of supplanting societies that challenges our understanding of the course of modern history and the fundamental forces that have helped to shape it.
David Day’s big break came when he sold the film rights to a seminar paper while doing his Ph.D. at Cambridge. That led to the highly acclaimed, Menzies and Churchill at War (1986), which has seldom been out of print. Two more books on the Second World War were published soon after and have been re-published by HarperCollins as The Politics of War (2003).In 1996, David published a groundbreaking history of Australia, Claiming a Continent, which developed the notion of Australia as a supplanting society. Published by HarperCollins, the book won the Non-Fiction Prize at the Adelaide Fes...
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