June–July 2019, issue no. 412

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

David Neil reviews The Birth of Ethics by Philip Pettit, edited by Kinch Hoekstra with Michael Tomasello

David Neil
22 April 2019

The Birth of Ethics is a remarkably ambitious and innovative work by one of Australia’s most eminent philosophers. It is the full-length statement of an argument originally set More

Tim Mehigan reviews Beyond the Ancient Quarrel: Literature, philosophy and J.M. Coetzee edited by Patrick Hayes and Jan Wilm

Tim Mehigan
25 March 2019

Beyond the Ancient Quarrel: Literature, philosophy and J.M. Coetzee is a new collection of essays on J.M. Coetzee, perhaps the most important author of imaginative literature in t More

Richard Freadman reviews 'Portraits from Life: Modernist novelists and autobiography' by Jerome Boyd Maunsell

Richard Freadman
31 December 2018

H.G. Wells, in his Experiment in Autobiography (1934), describes Henry James as ‘a strange unnatural human being’ who ‘regarded his fellow creatures with a face of distress More

Billy Griffiths reviews 'Burning Planet' by Andrew C. Scott

Billy Griffiths
27 November 2018

A few years ago I walked through a burning landscape with a young archaeobotanist, Xavier. We were in Arnhem Land, and the local Indigenous landowners had lit a low-intensity fire – a co More

Robert Dessaix reviews 'The Origins of Dislike' by Amit Chaudhuri

Robert Dessaix
27 November 2018

There is something oddly Jesuitical about this arresting, if not quite thrilling, collection of essays in defence of Modernism (and so modernity). It may be Krishna that Amit Chaudhuri cha More

Josh Specht reviews 'The Indian World of George Washington' by Colin G. Calloway

Joshua Specht
01 November 2018

As a young man, George Washington (1732–99) worked as a surveyor. Looking at a landscape, he could plan its division into orderly tracts. These skills would prove useful when he became t More

Kate Burridge reviews 'The Australian National Dictionary, Second Edition' edited by Bruce Moore

Kate Burridge
23 September 2016

The appearance of a new dictionary is always exciting, and the publication of the second edition of the Australian National Dictionary is certainly cause for celebration ...

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Kate Burridge reviews 'The Utility of Meaning' by N.J. Enfield

Kate Burridge
18 December 2015

Words and their meanings, more than any other aspects of language, hold a special fascination for people. Perhaps it is because, unlike these other features (which are set down during childhood), they continue to be acquired throughout one's lifetime. Words and their meanings are also intimately tied to the life and culture of speakers, and all sorts of perspectives ... More

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