Congratulations: 17 September 2020

Congratulations to Ian Willis for the publication of VD: The Australian Army’s experience of sexually transmitted diseases during the twentieth century (Big Sky Publishing, 2020). This book focuses upon how two microscopic sexually transmitted organisms, Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Treponema pallidum, the bacteria causing gonorrhoea and syphilis, wreaked enormous havoc among Australian troops in all their Read more …

New books: 10 September 2020

Congratulations to Johanna Perheentupa for the publication of Redfern: Aboriginal Activism in the 1970s (Aboriginal Studies Press, 2020). This is the story of how, with Aboriginal Australians in Redfern prevailed over abuse and discrimination to build organisations that have served as models for similar organisations all over Australia.  Further information  Congratulations to Amanda Harris for Read more …

Nicholas Ferns new book

Congratulations to Nicholas Ferns for the publication of Australia in the Age of International Development, 1945-1975: Australian Colonial and Foreign Aid Policy in Papua New Guinea and Southeast Asia (Palgrave Macmillan). In addition to examining how Australia’s academic and political understandings of international development influenced economic assistance to PNG and the Colombo Plan, this book Read more …

Congratulations to Michael Bennett for the publication of ‘War Against Smallpox: Edward Jenner and the Global Spread of Vaccination’

Congratulations to Michael Bennett for the publication of War Against Smallpox: Edward Jenner and the Global Spread of Vaccination (Cambridge University Press, 2020). The book provides the first history of the global spread of vaccination during the Napoleonic Wars, offering a new assessment of the cowpox discovery and Edward Jenner’s achievement in making cowpox inoculation a viable and universally available practice.  Read more …

Congratulations to Pat Wheatley and Charlotte Dunn for the publication of ‘Demetrius the Besieger’

Congratulations to Pat Wheatley and Charlotte Dunn for the publication of Demetrius the Besieger (OUP, 2020). This book offers the first historical and historiographical biography of Demetrius Poliorcetes (336-282 BC) to be published in English. Demetrius was known as ‘The Besieger of Cities’, and presided over the disintegration of Alexander the Great’s Empire after 323 Read more …

Congratulations to Mark Dunn for the publication of ‘The Convict Valley’

Congratulations to Mark Dunn for the publication of The Convict Valley (Allen & Unwin, 2020). The book examines the impact of the British invasion and use of the valley as a penal station between 1804 and 1821, the environmental impact of the convict coal mines and timber getting and then the opening of the valley to emigrant farmers in the Read more …

Congratulations to Marian Sawer, Fiona Jenkins and Karen Downing for publishing ‘How Gender can Transform the Social Sciences: Innovation and Impact’

Congratulations to Marian Sawer, Fiona Jenkins and Karen Downing for the publication of edited collection How Gender can Transform the Social Sciences: Innovation and Impact (Springer, 2020). This book turns a spotlight on gender innovation in the social sciences. Scholars across five disciplines– economics, history, philosophy, political science and sociology – demonstrate how paying attention to gender can sharpen the focus of Read more …

Congratulations to Liam Byrne for publishing ‘Becoming John Curtin and James Scullin: Their early political careers and the making of the modern Labor Party’

Congratulations to Liam Byrne for the publication of Becoming John Curtin and James Scullin: Their early political careers and the making of the modern Labor Party (Melbourne University Press, 2020). Before becoming the prime ministers who led Australia in moments of extraordinary crisis and transformation, John Curtin and James Scullin were two young working-class men who dreamt of changing their country for the better. Read more …

Congratulations to Margaret Hutchison and Steven Trout for the publication of ‘Portraits of Remembrance: Painting, Memory and the First World War’

Congratulations to Margaret Hutchison and Steven Trout for the publication of edited collection Portraits of Remembrance: Painting, Memory and the First World War (University of Alabama Press, 2020). The book examines the relationship between war painting and collective memory in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Great Britain, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, and the United States. Contribu­tors raise Read more …

Congratulations to Michelle Arrow for winning the 2020 Ernest Scott Prize

Congratulations to Michelle Arrow, who has been awarded the 2020 Ernest Scott Prize for The Seventies: The Personal, the Political and the Making of Modern Australia. The judges praised the work as an “intensely immediate and relevant history of the 1970s [which] brings to light the astonishing politics of a remarkable decade.”  Further information