Join intrepid explorer Benjamin Blog and his inquisitive dog Barko Polo as they travel to one of the world's most fascinating countries: Australia! The book includes chapters on Australian history, geography, cities, people, and food, as well as visiting some of the most famous places of this unique country, such as Uluru and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Geoff Ross is an acclaimed Australian landscape photographer. From his base in Australia, he travels around the world seeking to capture through his own eyes inspiring photographs of the world's spectacular landscapes. His New Zealand landscape books have become best sellers in their respective categories.
Pastoral Australia tells the story of the expansion of Australia's pastoral industry, how it drove European settlement and involved Aboriginal people in the new settler society. The rural life that once saw Australia "ride on the sheep's back" is no longer what defines Australians, yet it is largely their history as a pastoral nation that has endured in heritage places and which is embedded in their self-image as Australians.
Robert Louis Stevenson was a Scottish essayist, poet, novelist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Kidnapped, Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Treasure Island. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes was published in 1879 and is considered to be one of the earliest books of outdoor recreational literature. Stevenson was in his 20's when he wrote this work. He was living at home and needed money to be with the woman he loved. He also craved adventure. Stevenson's chronicles his 12-day, 120-mile solo hiking journey through the sparsely populated and impoverished areas of the Cevennes mountains in south-central France. Modestine was a stubborn donkey that Stevenson could never out wit. This is one of the first examples of outdoor hiking and camping as a sport. The sleeping bag Stevenson used was so heavy that is required a donkey to carry it. Besides the adventure Stevenson also speaks on the issues concerning the Protestants and Catholics in the area."
The Australia-United States Alliance has been critical to Australian foreign and defence policy since the ANZUS Treaty was signed in 1951. For 63 years it has been an enduring feature of Australian defence planning, yet the contemporary alliance is, arguably, in one of the more important phases of reinterpretation in its long history. Despite the critical importance of the Australian-US Alliance and the evolving nature of the regional and global strategic environment there have been few studies that attempt to provide an in-depth understanding of how the Alliance is developing, and what this means for Australian defence policy. Australia's American Allianceaims to fill this significant gap in order to provide the general public, policy and academic communities a more nuanced understanding of the Alliance and related choices for Australia, that will provide for a better informed debate over the future of Australia's most significant strategic partnership.
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