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Geoffrey Blainey on Australian history

Professor Geoffrey Blainey reflects on the challenges and changes he's experienced in 50 years of writing Australian history.

Professor Blainey is one of Australia's most significant, popular and sometimes controversial historians. He is highly regarded for the originality and breadth of his historical writing including, The peaks of Lyell, The tyranny of distance, Triumph of the nomads, The causes of war, and A short history of the 20th century.

This Stephen Murray-Smith Lecture was held on 5 November 2008.