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The Aboriginal Legacy

Hunter, Boyd


In order to understand the legacy and contribution of Aboriginal people to the transitional Australian economy up to 1850, we first need to understand the nature of the hunting and gathering processes that supported these people for 50 000 years or more. One core economic issue is how Aboriginal people deal with scarcity, but this chapter also addresses production, allocation and distribution. Butlin emphasised scepticism about the historical record as no colonist ever ‘saw’ Aboriginal people...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Book chapter
DOI: 10.1017/CHO9781107445222.008


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