History

Wilfrid Prest reviews 'The Reformation of the Landscape' by Alexandra Walsham

Wilfrid Prest
24 November 2011

Australian universities have long taught early modern (c.1500–1750) English/British and European history, but with Alexandra Walsham’s recent appointment as the first female t More

Prudence Black: The Flight Attendant's Shoe

Susan Sheridan
24 November 2011

Total demeanour

Susan Sheridan

 

The Flight Attendant’s Shoe
by Prudence Black
New South, $49.95 pb, 368 pp, 9781742232560

 

The international air hostess was the ultimate twentieth-century modern girl – mobile, cosmopolitan, glamorous. She was pai ... More

Patrick McCaughey reviews 'The Donald Friend Diaries' by Ian Britain

Patrick McCaughey
16 November 2011

For some sixty years Donald Friend kept a diary, making his final entry just days before his death in 1989 at the age of seventy-four. The National Library of Australia published them in f More

John Thompson reviews 'The West and the Map of the World: A Reappraisal of the Past' by Matthew Richardson

John Thompson
15 November 2011

Placed on a coffee table – its likely destination – this handsome book will have its greatest appeal to the idle browser. With its generous illustrations of remarkably beautiful early More

Christopher Menz reviews 'Victorian Visions' by Richard Beresford

Christopher Menz
15 November 2011

For an Australian collector to have amassed one substantial and internationally recognised collection of Victorian art during the late twentieth century is unusual. Having parted with the More

Lyndon Megarrity reviews 'Australian Historical Studies, Volume 41, Issue 2' by Richard Broome and Dianne Kirkby

Lyndon Megarrity
15 November 2011

Australian Historical Studies (AHS), which can be traced back to the 1940s, has developed into one of Australia’s leading social science More

Geoffrey Blainey reviews 'The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia' by Bill Gammage

Geoffrey Blainey
25 October 2011

This bold book, with its lucid prose and vivid illustrations, will be discussed for years to come. It is not original in the narrow sense of the word, but it takes an important idea to new More

Darrell Lewis reviews 'Into the Unknown: The Tormented Life and Expeditions of Ludwig Leichhardt' by John Bailey

Darrell Lewis
25 October 2011

In 1848 Ludwig Leichhardt and half a dozen companions set out from Queensland’s Darling Downs, intending to cross the continent to the Swan River Colony in Western Australia. The entire More

Terry Lane reviews 'Liberty: A History of Civil Liberties in Australia' by James Waghorne and Stuart Macintyre

Terry Lane
25 October 2011

In 1988 the Hawke government put a constitutional amendment to a referendum. On the recommendation of the government’s Constitution Commission, we were invited to vote to enshrine guarantees of trial by jury, property rights, and freedom of religion. The proposition was rejected by all states. There is nothing surprising in that. We almost always do vote against c ... More

Robert Dare reviews 'Labour and the Politics of Empire' by Neville Kirk

Robert Dare
25 October 2011

In 1902 the New Zealander William Pember Reeves published a pioneering study of social innovations in Australia and New Zealand. He wrote it, he said, for the ‘increasing number of stude More

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