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Christina Twomey

Christina Twomey

Christina Twomey is Professor of History at Monash University. Her most recent book is The Battle Within: POWs in postwar Australia (NewSouth, 2018).

Christina Twomey reviews 'The Work of History: Writing for Stuart Macintyre' edited by Peter Beilharz and Sian Supski

October 2022, no. 447 26 September 2022
History was work for Stuart Macintyre (1947–2021), writing was his pleasure, and he excelled at both. Peter Beilharz and Sian Supski, scholars from outside Macintyre’s own discipline of history, underscore the breadth of his interests and networks by initiating this collection of twenty-seven essays. They wish to honour Macintyre’s work and interrogate ‘the Macintyre effect’. That effect ... (read more)

Christina Twomey reviews 'The Politics of Veteran Benefits in the Twentieth Century: A comparative history' by Martin Crotty, Neil J. Diamant, and Mark Edele

March 2021, no. 429 22 February 2021
Comparison, when it comes to historical study, is rarely devoid of ambition. The aim is to identify patterns that are global in their significance and to overcome the tendency to see a unique trajectory for particular places or nations. Yet such work frequently founders when it becomes apparent that the author’s knowledge of alternative cases is thin or that the claim to comparison is made to hi ... (read more)

'Putting the terror in extraterritoriality' by Christina Twomey

December 2019, no. 417 22 November 2019
I am from a very large island, a continent in fact. Yet smaller islands have meant more to me – trips to Bribie Island with my grandmother to drink shandies and eat crab sandwiches; two years living in an expatriate Australian community on the Malaysian island of Penang; an object lesson in the power of oceans while visiting American Samoa, when my then boyfriend and I were carried by the tide b ... (read more)

Christina Twomey reviews 'Contesting Australian History: Essays in honour of Marilyn Lake' edited by Joy Damousi and Judith Smart

June–July 2019, no. 412 23 May 2019
Marilyn Lake is without doubt one of the most influential historians in and of Australia in the last thirty years. ‘SIGN. US. UP’ writes Clare Corbould, one of the contributors to this festschrift, when describing the reaction of her postgraduate self and friends to seeing Lake sweep through the crowd at a history conference in the late 1990s. Backing up astute critique of others with innovati ... (read more)