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

Jacqueline Kent reviews Faber & Faber: The untold history of a great publishing house by Toby Faber

Jacqueline Kent
23 May 2019

The ‘untold history’ of Faber & Faber should be a cause for celebration. For so many of us, possessing the unadorned, severe paperbacks with the lower-case ‘ff’ on the spine me More

Alan Atkinson reviews Bedlam at Botany Bay by James Dunk

Alan Atkinson
23 May 2019

James Dunk is not the first Australian historian to notice that mental breakdown was surprisingly common during the first two European generations in New South Wales. Malcolm Ellis linked More

Ian Tyrrell reviews Secularists, Religion and Government in Nineteenth-Century America by Timothy Verhoeven

Ian Tyrrell
22 April 2019

In an address to the National Prayer Breakfast (8 February 2018), President Donald Trump called the United States a ‘nation of believers’. As evidence, he reminded his audience that th More

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