Spider Web: The Birth of American Anticommunism

Nick Fischer’s Spider Web: The Birth of American Anticommunism (University of Illinois Press) details how anticommunist myths and propaganda influenced mainstream politics in America, and how the right’s efforts paved the way for the McCarthyite 1950s and augured the conservative backlash that would transform American politics. The book will be launched by Stuart Macintyre in Read more …

Voyages and Visions: A Symposium in Honour of John Gascoigne and Ian Tyrrell

This celebration of the inspirational careers of two of Australia’s most eminent historians will be held 30 June to 2 July. There are a number of ways you can be involved: Cocktail Party and Keynote Address by Tom Griffiths, ‘Global Dreaming: Australia and the World’, $30 or Conference (2-day) and Cocktail Party/Tom Griffiths address: $150. Read more …

AHA member presented with John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction

Ann McGrath has been presented with the Royal Historical Society of Queensland’s John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction in Research and Writing Australian History, in recognition of her work overall and her most recent book, Illicit Love: Interracial Sex and Marriage in the United States and Australia (University of Nebraska Press, 2015). Read more.

Voyages and Visions: A Symposium in Honour of John Gascoigne and Ian Tyrrell

Registrations are now open for a three day celebration of two inspirational careers. This event brings together historians from all over Australia and internationally to share ground-breaking new work on empires and exploration, cross-cultural encounters, the history of science, American exceptionalism, and social and environmental visionaries. Thursday 30 June to Saturday 2 July 2016, University Read more …

Settler Colonialism and (Re)conciliation: Frontier Violence, Affective Performances, and Imaginative Refoundings

Just out is Penny Edmonds, Settler Colonialism and (Re)conciliation: Frontier Violence, Affective Performances, and Imaginative Refoundings (Palgrave Macmillan) which uses case studies from the USA, Australia, and Aotearoa New Zealand to trace the prehistory of reconciliation’s present in settler states, a contested political process, which is especially salient where formal decolonisation cannot occur.

Contesting Australian History: Festschrift in honour of Professor Marilyn Lake

Thursday 8 December to Friday 9 December 2016, Gryphon Gallery, 1888 Building , University of Melbourne This festschrift event is in celebration of Marilyn Lake’s scholarship and teaching and her contributions to different university communities and the Australian Historical Association, and her much valued friendship and collegiality over many years. The themes of the two Read more …

Illicit Love: Interracial Sex and Marriage in the United States and Australia

Ann McGrath’s new book Illicit Love: Interracial Sex and Marriage in the United States and Australia (University of Nebraska Press) is a history of love, sex, and marriage between Indigenous peoples and settler citizens at the heart of two settler colonial nations, the United States and Australia which illuminates interracial relationships from the late eighteenth Read more …

Masters of Empire: Great Lakes Indians and the Making of America

Michael McDonnell’s new book Masters of Empire: Great Lakes Indians and the Making of America (Macmillan) reveals the pivotal role played by the native peoples of the Great Lakes in the history of North America. Highlighting the long-standing rivalries and relationships among the great Indian nations of North America, it shows how Europeans often played Read more …

Crisis of the Wasteful Nation: Empire and Conservation in Theodore Roosevelt’s America

In Crisis of the Wasteful Nation (University of Chicago Press), Ian Tyrrell gives us a cohesive picture of Roosevelt’s engagement with the natural world along with a compelling portrait of how Americans used, wasted, and worried about natural resources in a time of burgeoning empire. Countering traditional narratives that cast conservation as a purely domestic Read more …

A Little America in Western Australia: The US Naval Communication Station at North West Cape and the Founding of Exmouth

Michael L Ondaatje (with Anthony J Barker) has just published A Little America in Western Australia: The US Naval Communication Station at North West Cape and the Founding of Exmouth (UWAP Scholarly). This history investigates the significance of North West Cape for Australian–US relations and Australian politics, and examines the social and political history of Read more …