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 wars, from South Africa in 1898–1902 to Vietnam in 1962–1973 and beyond. 

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Congratulations to Tammy Pemper, whose biography, Scorched Earth: Peacekeeping in Timor during a campaign of death and destruction (Big Sky Publishing, August 2019) has recently been selected as an award-winning finalist in four categories of the 2020 International Book Awards, including Biography, Military, and Narrative Non-Fiction. This book describes the experience of violence during peacekeeping operations in Timor-Leste during the independence referendum of 1999. All book proceeds are donated to Timor-Leste. 

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Forum on “Decolonizing Histories in Theory and Practice”  

Congratulations to Warwick Anderson and Gabriela Soto Laveaga who have edited a forum on “Decolonizing Histories in Theory and Practice” for History and Theory 59, 3 (2020): 369-447. The articles focus on decolonizing histories of science and medicine, and include articles by current and former AHA members. 

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