James Dunk

James Dunk

James Dunk is a historian and writer living in Sydney, on Wangal country. His latest book, Bedlam at Botany Bay, was published by NewSouth in June.

James Dunk reviews 'Seasons of War' by Christopher Lee

April 2015, no. 370 30 March 2015
James Dunk reviews 'Seasons of War' by Christopher Lee
Seasons of War is a fictional firsthand account of the Allied invasion of Gallipoli. Opposite the title page, the blurb suggests that it offers ‘the kind of truth that only fiction can’: what it felt like to be there, and how being there transformed the Australian nation (a contention which belongs, truly, to fiction). ... (read more)

James Dunk reviews 'The Man Who Thought He was Napoleon: Toward a political history of madness' by Laure Murat

March 2015, no. 369 02 March 2015
James Dunk reviews 'The Man Who Thought He was Napoleon: Toward a political history of madness' by Laure Murat
In 1798, during the revolutionary wars on the European mainland, the Irish rebelled. Though they were supported militarily by the French Republic, it was the ideas heralded by the Revolution that gave real strength to their cause. A decade later, in Dublin, William Hallaran argued in his An Enquiry Into the Causes Producing the Extraordinary Addition to the Number of Insane that much of the i ... (read more)
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