Warm congratulations to Ben Mountford, whose book Britain, China, & Colonial Australia has been awarded the 2017 Prue Torney Fellows’ Prize – an annual award for a book of history or biography about Australians who individually or collectively have contributed to an understanding of Asia or Australian perceptions of Asia.
Congratulations to David Fettling, for his recently published book Encounters with Asian Decolonisation (Australian Scholarly Publishing), which tells the story of how, five Australians, all government officials, experienced first-hand the ‘revolt of Asia’ after the Second World War. In doing so, it reveals much about the evolution of Australia’s Asian engagement during the twentieth century Read more …
Jon Piccini’s new book, Transnational Protest, Australia and the 1960s (Palgrave Macmillan) broadens our understanding of Australian protest and reform movements by situating them within a properly global – and particularly Asian – context, where Australian protestors sought answers, utopias and allies.
Agnieszka Sobocinska’s Visiting the Neighbours tells the story of Australian relations with Asia from the bottom up, examining the experiences of some of the millions of travellers and tourists who headed to the region over more than a hundred years. Merchants, missionaries, pilgrims, soldiers, hippies, diplomats, backpackers all had an impact on diplomacy and international relations.