From Playgrounds to PlayStation: The Interaction of Technology and Play

In this romp through the changing landscape of nineteenth- and twentieth-century American toys, games, hobbies, and amusements, senior historian of technology Carroll Pursell poses a simple but interesting question: What can we learn by studying the relationship between technology and play? From Playgrounds to PlayStation explores how play reflects and drives the evolution of American Read more …

The Hanged Man and the Body Thief: Finding Lives in a Museum Mystery

Alexandra Roginski’s The Hanged Man and the Body Thief: Finding Lives in a Museum Mystery (Monash University Publishing) is a story about phrenology, a biased legal system, the aspirations of a new museum, and the dilemmas of a theatrical third wife. It is most importantly a tale of two very different men, collector and collected, Read more …

Beyond Surrender: Australian Prisoners of War in the Twentieth Century

Joan Beaumont (with Lachlan Grant and Aaron Pegram) have edited Beyond Surrender: Australian Prisoners of War in the Twentieth Century (Melbourne University Publishing) which presents for the first time the diversity of the Australian ‘behind-the-wire’ experience, dissecting fact from fiction and myth from reality. Contributors include AHA members Kate Ariotti, Jennifer Lawless, Peter Monteath, Melanie Read more …