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The Cambridge encyclopedia of Australia / editor, Susan Bambrick.

Contributor(s): Bambrick, Susan, 1941-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Cambridge reference book. Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; Melbourne : Cambridge University Press, 1994Description: ix, 384 p. : ill. (some col.), col. maps, ports. (some col.) ; 29 cm.ISBN: 0521365112.Subject(s): Australia -- Dictionaries and encyclopedias | Australia -- Dictionaries and encyclopediasDDC classification: 994.003
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 352-358) and index.

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This publication is not so much an all-encompassing encyclopedia as a collection of thematic essays grouped in several sections such as "The Physical Continent," "The Aboriginal Heritage," "Government," and "Society." The authors are experts in their fields. The format--which includes numerous illustrations and highlighted inserts--leads to a scattering of topics, making use of the index essential to discover all the references to any subject. Even with the index, some information is hard to find; e.g., there is no subject index reference to bank nationalizations, and the Sydney Opera House appears as a subheading under Sydney. The tables show some surprising omissions. Despite considerable discussion of multiculturalism, there is no table showing languages spoken in the home (although these figures are readily available). By contrast, almost a full page is given to religious affiliations. Though much is made of the urban nature of Australian society, there is no table showing the populations of the major cities. Some of the small, detailed maps are hard to read. The extensive bibliography is arranged by section in the manner of the main work. Despite the problems, this is a useful current survey and should be acquired by libraries collecting materials on Australia at the upper-division undergraduate level or above. Libraries with only a general interest will find more use for Collins Australian Encyclopedia (CH, Jul'85). M. S. Martin; emeritus, Tufts University

Booklist Review

This book draws on the expertise of more than 900 scholars to describe the world's smallest continent (or its largest island). This comprehensive reference covers not only modern Australia, but its aboriginal heritage, physical makeup, history, economy, government, and cultural contributions. Similar to other titles in this series (Cambridge Encyclopedia of China, Cambridge Encyclopedia of Latin America and the Caribbean), it is intended to introduce the reader to the continent of Australia and provides facts, figures, and 250 colorful photographs to enhance the understanding of its society and culture. Sections cover such topics as the Great Barrier Reef, the legal system, agriculture, religion, health, and aboriginal art. Although topical entries throughout the volume are brief, the contributors add information in brief boxed essays. For example, in the "Media" section, a brief insert on foreign ownership is included. All articles are signed with intitials keyed to a contributors list at the front of the book. Almost all the contributors are Australian. More than 40 maps and charts are scattered throughout the volume. A bibliography of suggested readings and video recordings is arranged in the same order as the text. The detailed index uses italics to denote illustrations and bold type to indicate a major reference to a subject. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Australia, with its readable format and attractive illustrations, provides an overview of topics related to this continent and is appropriate for undergraduate, public, and high-school libraries. (Reviewed February 01, 1995)

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