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Recognizing Aboriginal Title: The Mabo Case and Indigenous Resistance to English-Settler Colonialism Paperback – Feb 20 2006

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  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division (Feb. 20 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802094430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802094438
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #592,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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?Everything about this powerful and magnificent book is sound. It is a major contribution to world literature and, in Australia, fills a niche now unoccupied. It will have enormous impact and will rumble around for some time in scholarly and professional circles.?

(Peter Jull, School of Political Science and International Affairs, University of Queensland)|

?Recognizing Aboriginal Title is an excellent book that will prove of interest and inspiration to indigenous scholars and scholars of indigeneity. Peter Russell demonstrates his usual solid research, lucid writing, penetrating insights, and sensitivity to highly political issues. Riveting and brilliant.?

(Augie Fleras, Department of Sociology, University of Waterloo)

About the Author

Peter H. Russell is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He has written extensively on issues related to the Canadian Constitution and Canadian politics in general.

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a review of historic injustices May 17 2008
By W Boudville - Published on
Format: Paperback
To some Australians, the Mabo case threatened to overturn all that had happened since the British arrived in 1788. But to others, it was a long overdue acknowledgment of historic injustices. The author gives us the background behind Mabo. Chronicling years of effort by Aboriginal activists to assert some residue of native title.

It's not a cheery read. Much is explained of the parlous conditions under which many Aborigines labour; especially those still in rural tribal environments. Still, the account shows how persistent efforts led to a seminal decision by the High Court.

The book does not describe the aftermath. In the few years since it came out, little has changed in the typical Aboriginal condition.