Australian History

Tony Birch reviews 'The History Wars' by Stuart Macintyre and Anna Clark, and 'Whitewash' edited by Robert Manne

Tony Birch
07 June 2019

Towards the end of his informative introduction, Robert Manne, the editor of Whitewash: On Keith Windschuttle’s fabrication of Aboriginal history, outlines the collective intention of the book’s nineteen More

Brent Crosswell reviews 'A Game of Our Own: The origins of Australian football' by Geoffrey Blainey

Brent Crosswell
07 June 2019

Australian football has lost its magic, a unique quality existing in the 1950s, and even as late as the 1970s. It derived from the fixed positions that players adopted and from their physi More

Tim Rowse reviews 'The Fabrication of Aboriginal History: Volume one, Van Diemen’s Land 1803–1847' by Keith Windschuttle

Tim Rowse
07 June 2019

Keith Windschuttle seeks to undermine a ‘mindset’ among historians of Tasmania that started in Henry Melville’s History of Van Diemen’s Land (1835) and continues in Henry More

Frances Devlin-Glass reviews 'Broken Song: T.G.H. Strehlow and Aboriginal possession' by Barry Hill

Frances Devlin-Glass
07 June 2019

It seems to be only a couple of years ago that my students declared gender and race to be the ‘hot’ topics in culture. Now, I confidently predict, they will relegate gender (still ackn More

John Hirst reviews 'The Europeans in Australia: Volume Two: Democracy' by Alan Atkinson

John Hirst
03 June 2019

Manning Clark rescued Australian history from blandness and predictability by making Australia a cockpit in which the great faiths of Europe continued their battle, with results that were More

Geoffrey Bolton reviews 'The Sentimental Nation: The making of the Australian Commonwealth' by John Hirst

Geoffrey Bolton
03 June 2019

When John Hirst accepted the challenge of writing a history of Federation of scholarly quality but fit for a broad popular readership, he may have felt himself on a hiding to nothing. Prev More

Alan Atkinson reviews 'Dancing with Strangers' by Inga Clendinnen

Alan Atkinson
03 June 2019

Anyone who heard Inga Clendinnen’s 1999 Boyer Lectures or who has listened to her in any other way will hear her voice clearly in More

Zora Simic reviews The Seventies: The personal, the political and the making of modern Australia by Michelle Arrow

Zora Simic
25 March 2019

The first volume in this series, Beverley Kingston’s A History of New South Wales, was published in 2006. Since then another five have appeared, including a book on Tasmania by More

Michael McGirr reviews A New History of the Irish in Australia by Elizabeth Malcolm and Dianne Hall

Michael McGirr
22 February 2019

There is much to admire about this detailed and painstaking book. The authors have entered a field that is replete with stereotypes and even gags. They will have none of it. The result is More

James Walter reviews 'Tiberius with a Telephone: The life and stories of William McMahon' by Patrick Mullins

James Walter
18 December 2018

Billy McMahon, Australia’s twentieth prime minister, held the post for less than two years (March 1971–December 1972). In surveys of both public esteem and professional opinion, he is More

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