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An economic and social commentator on present-day Australia, Geoffrey Blainey was born in Victoria and brought up in country towns, including Leongatha, Geelong and Ballarat.
After completing his education at Wesley College and the University of Melbourne, he published his first book, The Peaks of Lyell (a history of mining on the west coast of Tasmania) in 1954. He has written some 35 books since then of which "The Tyranny of Distance", "The Rush That Never Ended" and "The Causes of War" are the best known. For twenty years, Geoffrey was a Professor at the University of Melbourne.
Blainey's "A Short History of the World", first published in 2000, has been translated into many languages. His "Short History of the 20th Century" (2005) has been sold in harback and paperback.
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