‘Settlers, War, and Empire in the Press: Unsettling News in Australia and Britain, 1863–1902’

Congratulations to Sam Hutchinson on the publication of his new book, which explores how public commentary framed Australian involvement in the Waikato War (1863-64), the Sudan crisis (1885), and the South African War (1899-1902), a succession of conflicts that reverberated around the British Empire and which the newspaper press reported at length. In doing so, the Read more …

‘Truth’s Fool: Derek Freeman and the War over Cultural Anthropology’

Congratulations to Peter Hempenstall on the publication of his new book, which explores how New Zealand anthropologist Derek Freeman ignited a ferocious controversy in 1983 when he denounced the research of Margaret Mead, a world-famous public intellectual who had died five years earlier. Freeman’s claims caught the attention of popular media, converging with other vigorous cultural Read more …

‘law&history’

The most recent issue of law&history, just published, is a special issue on gender intimacy and colonial violence with articles by Penny Edmonds, Victoria Haskins, Anna Johnston, Amanda Nettelbeck, Lyndall Ryan, and Angela Wanhalla; and a tribute to Tracey Banivanua Mar by Julie Evans. Congratulations to all contributors. Further information.

‘Zoffany’s Daughter: Love and Treachery on a Small Island’

Congratulations to Stephen Foster on the publication of his new book (in Australia by South Solitary Press and in the UK by Blue Ormer Publishing). It tells the story of Cecilia Zoffany, daughter of a famous artist, and her struggle to maintain custody of her 11-year-old daughter on Guernsey in 1825. The book crosses historical genres, Read more …

‘One Small World: The History of the Addison Road Community Centre’

Congratulations to Sue Castrique on the publication of her new book. Soon after the Addison Road Community Centre in Marrickville opened in 1976, AI Grassby called it ‘one small world in Australia’. A handful of determined migrant groups banded together to create their own community centre, a place for festivals, performances, to share culture, language, Read more …

‘Violence, Colonialism and Empire in the Modern World’

Congratulations to AHA members Philip Dwyer and Amanda Nettelbeck on the release of their edited collection, which explores the theme of violence, repression and atrocity in imperial and colonial empires, as well as its representations and memories, from the late eighteenth through to the twentieth century. The book brings together scholars from around the world, and Read more …

‘Cleansing the Colony: Transporting Convicts from New Zealand to Van Diemen’s Land’

Congratulations to AHA member Kristyn Harman on the publication of her book, which offers insights into penal servitude in Van Diemen’s Land through the lived experiences of the men and sole woman transported there as convicts from New Zealand. Whether Māori men serving time for political infractions, white-collar criminals, labourers, vagrants or the soldiers sent to Read more …

‘Blood Will Tell: Native Americans and Assimilation Policy’

Congratulations to AHA member Kat Ellinghaus on the publication of her new book, which reveals how the underlying centrality of ‘blood’ shaped official ideas about who was eligible to be defined as Indian by the General Allotment Act in the United States. The book traces the idea of blood quantum and how the concept came to dominate Native Read more …