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Forming a colonial economy, Australia 1810-1850 [electronic resource] /
N.G. Butlin.
imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1994.
description
viii, 263 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
ISBN
0521440068 (hardback)
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imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1994.
isbn
0521440068 (hardback)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8363108
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 227-234) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1995-12:
Butlin was Australia's (and the Commonwealth's) most distinguished economic historian. His earlier work, Investment in Australian Economic Development, 1861-1900 (Canberra, 1972), is rightly regarded as a classic. Published posthumously, this well-written "prequel" is a comprehensive and original discussion of the colonial peopling of Australia from 1788 to the 1850s. Though there is a strong section on convict settlement (about which Butlin has much to say that is conceptually new), the strength of the book is in the section on the public funding of colonial development, in which Butlin demonstrates that the customary focus--on Australia as a convict imperial project--is insufficient, and that the founding of Australia was a major act (perhaps the major pre-1860 act) of British public investment overseas. Butlin shuttles back and forth between the British and Australian economies, making ample use of demographic analysis. He does not neglect military history, often overlooked in the equation, and he contributes important information on how the British and Australians exploited natural resources while also promoting urban-based economies. All libraries interested in environmental history, economic theory, and 19th-century British or Australian development should acquire this book. Upper-division undergraduates and above. R. W. Winks; Yale University
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"Published posthumously, this well-written "prequel" is a comprehensive and original discussion of the colonial peopling of Australia from 1788 to the 1850s. ... All libraries interested in environmental history, economic theory, and 19th-century British or Australian development should aquire this book. Upper-division undergraduates and above." Choice
"This volume is perhaps most original for its foray into the largely unexplored topics of early public finance in Australia and the effect of British fiscal policies. It adds appreciably to the corpus of Butlin's work." American Historical Review
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Summaries
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This 1995 book provides a comprehensive account of the development of Australia's colonial economy before the gold rushes. Forming a Colonial Economy does for Australia the period to the 1840s what Noel Butlin's previous landmark economic histories have done for the period from the 1860s to the 1890s. The book marks the culmination of a life's work.
Description for Bookstore
This book provides a comprehensive account of the development of Australia's colonial economy before the gold rushes. Forming a Colonial Economydoes for Australia the period to the 1840s what Noel Butlin's previous landmark economic histories have done for the period from the 1860s to the 1890s. The book marks the culmination of a life's work.
Description for Library
This book is a comprehensive account of the development of Australia's colonial economy before the gold rushes. Noel Butlin's analysis of the developing economy provides background discussion of eighteenth-century British social, economic and military history, and detailed demographic analysis of the Australian population over sixty years. A key focus of the book is the extent to which the economy was independent or externally driven. Forming a Colonial Economy does for the period to the 1840s what Noel Butlin's previous landmark economic histories have done for the period from the 1860s to the 1890s. The book marks the culmination of a life's work.
Description for Library
This book is a comprehensive account of the development of Australia’s colonial economy before the gold rushes. Noel Butlin’s analysis of the developing economy provides background discussion of eighteenth-century British social, economic and military history, and detailed demographic analysis of the Australian population over sixty years. A key focus of the book is the extent to which the economy was independent or externally driven. Forming a Colonial Economy does for the period to the 1840s what Noel Butlin’s previous landmark economic histories have done for the period from the 1860s to the 1890s. The book marks the culmination of a life’s work.
Main Description
This book is a comprehensive account of the development of Australia's colonial economy before the gold rushes. Noel Butlin's analysis of the developing economy provides background discussion of eighteenth-century British social, economic and military history, and detailed demographic analysis of the Australian population over sixty years. A key focus of the book is the extent to which the economy was independent or externally driven. Forming a Colonial Economy does for Australian history from 1810 to 1850 what Noel Butlin's previous landmark economic histories have done for the period from the 1860s to the 1890s.
Main Description
This broad-ranging 1995 book provides a comprehensive account of the development of Australia's colonial economy before the gold rushes. Noel Butlin's analysis of the developing economy includes background discussion of eighteenth-century British social, economic, and military history and a detailed demographic analysis of the Australian population over a period of sixty years. He goes on to explore the role of private investment in the economy and the way in which dependence on the British public purse was replaced by dependence on private British capital inflow. A key focus of the book is the extent to which the Australian economy was independent or externally driven, that is, the level of synergism between Australia and Britain. Within this framework, Noel Butlin discusses the central issues of human capital and funding and their impact on the formation of the Australian economy. Forming a Colonial Economy does for the period to the 1840s what Noel Butlin's previous landmark economic histories have done for Australia from the 1860s to the 1890s. It is an ambitious and imaginative book that marks the culmination of a life's work.
Main Description
This broad-ranging book provides a comprehensive account of the development of Australia's colonial economy before the gold rushes. Noel Butlin's analysis of the developing economy includes background discussion of eighteenth-century British social, economic, and military history and a detailed demographic analysis of the Australian population over a period of sixty years. He goes on to explore the role of private investment in the economy and the way in which dependence on the British public purse was replaced by dependence on private British capital inflow. A key focus of the book is the extent to which the Australian economy was independent or externally driven, that is, the level of synergism between Australia and Britain. Within this framework, Noel Butlin discusses the central issues of human capital and funding and their impact on the formation of the Australian economy. Forming a Colonial Economydoes for the period to the 1840s what Noel Butlin's previous landmark economic histories have done for Australia from the 1860s to the 1890s. It is an ambitious and imaginative book that marks the culmination of a life's work.
Main Description
This broad-ranging book provides a comprehensive account of the development of Australia’s colonial economy before the gold rushes. Noel Butlin’s analysis of the developing economy includes background discussion of eighteenth-century British social, economic, and military history and a detailed demographic analysis of the Australian population over a period of sixty years. He goes on to explore the role of private investment in the economy and the way in which dependence on the British public purse was replaced by dependence on private British capital inflow. A key focus of the book is the extent to which the Australian economy was independent or externally driven, that is, the level of synergism between Australia and Britain. Within this framework, Noel Butlin discusses the central issues of human capital and funding and their impact on the formation of the Australian economy. Forming a Colonial Economydoes for the period to the 1840s what Noel Butlin’s previous landmark economic histories have done for Australia from the 1860s to the 1890s. It is an ambitious and imaginative book that marks the culmination of a life’s work.
Unpaid Annotation
This book provides a comprehensive account of the development of Australia's colonial economy before the gold rushes. Noel Butlin's analysis of the developing economy provides a background discussion of eighteenth-century British social, economic and military history and a detailed demographic analysis of the Australian population over a period of sixty years. He goes on to explore the role of private investment in the economy and how dependence on the British public purse was replaced by a dependence on private British capital inflow. One of Professor Butlin's most interesting approaches is to consider Australia not as a convict imperial project but a major act of British public investment. A key focus of the work is the extent to which the Australian economy was independent or externally driven, that is, the level of synergism between Australia and Britain. Within this framework, Noel Butlin discusses the central issues of human capital and funding and their impact on the formation of the Australian economy. He examines how the economy developed in two different directions: the exploitation of natural resources and the growth of urban-oriented activities. Professor Butlin notes that this is a theme which has continued throughout Australia's modern history.
Table of Contents
List of tables
List of figures
Acknowledgements
Forming an Economy: Introduction
The Colonial Peoplng of Australia: 1788-1850
Introduction
Gross additions to the Australian population
The colonial population stock
Human capital in convicts
Public Funding of Colonial Development: 1788-1850
Introduction
British fiscal characteristics
The imperial fisc in New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land
Broad relations between British and Australian fiscs to 1821
The beginning of local budgeting: real and subterranean budgets
The conventional legal fisc in NSW: 1822-1950
The Colonial Australian Economy 1810-1840: A Historical, Statistical and Analytical Account
Summary and questions
Towards a private market economy in Australia 1810-1840
Structural adjustment and development 1810-1840
Growth performance
Instability with special reference to the Depression of the 1840s and recovery
Bibliography
Appendices
Index
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