‘Australians and the First World War: Local-Global Connections and Contexts’

Congratulations to James Bennett and Kate Ariotti for the publication of this edited collection, which was launched at the Newcastle conference by Professor Stuart Macintyre. This book contributes to the global turn in First World War studies by exploring Australians’ engagements with the conflict across varied boundaries and by situating Australian voices and perspectives within Read more …

2017 Premier of NSW’s History Awards Shortlist

Congratulations to all historians shortlisted for the 2017 Premier of NSW’s History Awards. We are proud that these include the following AHA members: Georgina Fitzpatrick, lead author (with Tim McCormack and Narelle Morris of Australia’s War Crimes Trials, 1945-51 (Brill-Nijhoff) in the Australian History category; Sandra Wilson, Robert Cribb, Beatrice Trefalt and Dean Aszkielowicz, Japanese War Read more …

‘Educational Reform and Environmental Concern: A History of School Nature Study in Australia’

Congratulations to Dorothy Kass, whose book has been published by Routledge. A crucial component of the New Education reform movement, nature study was introduced to elementary schools throughout the English-speaking world in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This book explores the theories that supported nature study, as well as its definitions, aims, how Read more …

‘Imperium of the Soul: The Political and Aesthetic Imagination of Edwardian Imperialists’

Congratulations to Norman Etherington on the publication of this book in January. In a series of thematically linked chapters, he explores the work of writers Rudyard Kipling, Joseph Conrad, Rider Haggard and John Buchan along with the composer Edward Elgar and the architect Herbert Baker. Further information.

‘Cosmopolitan Lives on the Cusp of Empire: Interfaith, Cross-Cultural and Transnational Networks, 1860-1950’

Congratulations to Jane Haggis, Clare Midgley, Margaret Allen and Fiona Paisley, whose co-authored book was launched at the AHA conference in July. The book looks back to the period 1860 to 1950 to grasp how alternative visions of amity and co-existence were forged between people of faith, both within and resistant to imperial contact zones. Further information.

‘The Pivot of Power: Australian Prime Ministers and Political Leadership, 1949–2016’

Congratulations to Paul Strangio, Paul ‘t Hart and James Walter for their new book, which will be published on 28 August 2017. This second volume about the history of Australian prime ministers looks at how although prime ministership remains the main prize in Australian politics, it has become an increasingly precarious one. The book explains the Read more …

‘You’ll be Sorry! How World War II Changed Women’s Lives’

Congratulations to Ann Howard on two publications focusing on the hidden stories of Australians during World War II. You’ll be Sorry!  How World War II Changed Women’s Lives  (Big Sky Publishing, 2016) contains many firsthand accounts, documents and photographs that provide fascinating into women’s participation in the war effort. A Carefree War: The Hidden History Read more …

‘Gugu Badhun: People of the Valley of Lagoons ‘

Congratulations to Yvonne Cadet-James, Robert Andrew James, Sue McGinty and Russell McGregor on the publication of this innovative book which bridges historical scholarship and Aboriginal oral tradition to tell the story of the Gugu Badhun people from the upper Burdekin River in North Queensland. It offers new insights into Aboriginal–European interactions and new understandings of Read more …