"A fascinating and important bookâ¹ ¬â Troy Lennon, Daily Telegraph.
"Nick Brodie achieves this (dogged research) with stunning scholarship in The Vandemonian War." Stephen Fitzpatrick, The Weekend Australian, Review
"The Vandemonian War is an admirable piece of scholarship. The depth of research is evident on every page, and it seems likely that fellow historians will build upon Brodieâ´s work for years to come." The Saturday Paper
The Vandemonian War had many sides and shades, but it was fundamentally a war between the British colony of Van Diemenâ´s Land (Tasmania) and those Tribespeople who lived in political and social contradiction to that colony. In The Vandemonian War acclaimed history¬â author Nick Brodie now exposes the¬â largely untold story of how the British truly occupied Van Diemenâ´s Land¬â deploying regimental soldiers and special forces, armed convicts and mercenaries. In the 1820s and 1830s the British deliberately pushed the Tribespeople out, driving them to the edge of existence. Far from localised fights between farmers and hunters of popular memory, this was a war of sweeping campaigns and brutal tactics, waged by military and paramilitary forces subject to a Lieutenant Governor who was also Colonel Commanding. The British won the Vandemonian War and then discretely and purposefully concealed it.
Historians failed to see through the myths and lies â until now. It is no exaggeration to say that the Tribespeople of Van Diemenâ´s Land were extirpated from the island. Whole societies were deliberately obliterated.¬â The Vandemonian War was one of the darkest stains on a former empire which arrogantly claimed perpetual sunshine. This is the story of that fight, redrawn from neglected handwriting nearly two centuries old.