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Ask Stuart!

Essays on the Macintyre effect
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October 2022, no. 447

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

Melbourne University Press, $39.99 pb, 407 pp

Ask Stuart!

Essays on the Macintyre effect
by
October 2022, no. 447

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 stemmed from prodigious scholarly output, intervention in national debates, political connections, service to professional bodies and key cultural institutions, a long career of teaching and leadership at the University of Melbourne, and mentorship. The editors seek to establish Macintyre’s legacy through the reflections of others on the interests and issues that inspired his life’s work. They want contributors to avoid genuflecting before launching off into tangential discussion of their own work, the bane of many a Festschrift. Most of them succeed. Contributors were instead asked to ‘add something new, or of themselves’.

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

The Work of History: Writing for Stuart Macintyre

edited by Peter Beilharz and Sian Supski

Melbourne University Press, $39.99 pb, 407 pp

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