‘The Pivot of Power: Australian Prime Ministers and Political Leadership, 1949–2016’

Congratulations to Paul Strangio, Paul ‘t Hart and James Walter for their new book, which will be published on 28 August 2017. This second volume about the history of Australian prime ministers looks at how although prime ministership remains the main prize in Australian politics, it has become an increasingly precarious one. The book explains the Read more …

Acknowledge No Frontier: The Creation and Demise of New Zealand’s Provinces, 1853–76

André Brett’s Acknowledge No Frontier: The Creation and Demise of New Zealand’s Provinces, 1853–76 (Otago University Press) examines a formative but largely forgotten era of New Zealand’s history. It is an account of the evolution of individual provinces and the central government’s use of public works, especially railways, to gain support for their abolition and Read more …

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 …

AHA member shortlisted for 2016 Chief Minister’s Northern Territory History Book Award

Deborah Wilson’s Different White People: Radical Activism For Aboriginal Rights 1946–1972 (UWA Publishing, 2015) has been shortlisted for the 2016 Chief Minister’s Northern Territory History Book Award. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 28 June at Northern Territory Library in Parliament House.

Transnational Protest, Australia and the 1960s

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.

Settling the Office: The Australian Prime Ministership from Federation to Reconstruction

James Walter, with Paul Strangio and Paul T’Hart, have recently published Settling the Office: The Australian Prime Ministership from Federation to Reconstruction (Melbourne University Press). It chronicles the development of the prime ministership from its rudimentary early days following Federation through to the powerful, institutionalised prime-ministerial leadership of the postwar era.

The Seven Dwarfs and the Age of the Mandarins: Australian Government Administration in the Post-War Reconstruction Era

Samuel Furphy has edited The Seven Dwarfs and the Age of the Mandarins: Australian Government Administration in the Post-War Reconstruction Era (ANU Press). Originally a witty epithet applied to a powerful group of senior public servants, the term has come to represent the professionalisation of Australian government administration during the Second World War and post-war Read more …

The Making of a Reformer: Don Dunstan before the Dunstan Decade

Angela Woollacott’s AHA 2016 presidential address, ‘The Making of a Reformer: Don Dunstan before the Dunstan Decade’, will be presented at the 2016 AHA annual conference in Ballarat on the evening of 4 July in the National Heritage Listed Trades Hall. It was built in 1877 as a meeting place for Ballarat’s trade unions and Read more …

‘A landmark work in the history of feminism’

Marilyn Lake launched Respectable Radicals: A History of the National Council of Women of Australia at the Melbourne City Bowling Club, before a large and enthusiastic audience of historians and members of NCWA on Sunday 11 October 2015. Marilyn hailed the book as ‘a landmark work in the history of feminism in this country that Read more …

The Dalfram Dispute,1938: Pig Iron Bob

Stuart Macintyre and Les Louis (along with historians Glenn Mitchell, Drew Cottle, Greg Mallory and curator of the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Zhu ChengShan) were contributors to the documentary The Dalfram Dispute,1938: Pig Iron Bob which covers the wartime dock dispute at Port Kembla during which Robert Menzies gained the moniker ‘Pig Iron Bob’. The documentary Read more …