‘Japanese War Criminals: The Politics of Justice After the Second World War’

Congratulations to Sandra Wilson, Robert Cribb, Beatrice Trefalt and Dean Aszkielowicz, who have recently published Japanese War Criminals: The Politics of Justice After the Second World War (Columbia University Press). The book details how, beginning in late 1945, the United States, Britain, China, Australia, France, the Netherlands, and later the Philippines, the Soviet Union, and the Read more …

ANU Southeast Asia Institute Workshop: ‘Indians in War and Revolution in the Asia-Pacific Region’

CFP deadline: Tuesday 7 February 2017 Monday 20 – Tuesday 21 February 2017, Regional Institutes Boardroom, Coombs Extension Building, Australian National University, Acton, ACT 2106 When Japanese forces invaded Southeast Asia in 1941, hundreds of thousands of Indian people were present in the region. Some were soldiers of the British Raj, some were independent entrepreneurs Read more …

Disabled Children and the Immigration of DP Families after WWII

An Australian Studies Research Network with Ruth Balint. This paper draws on extensive original archival research to consider a hidden history of the children left behind, in the light of recent historiography of the new humanitarianism of the postwar era, which mostly assumes that keeping the family together was a priority at all costs, and Read more …

Honest History update

New on the Honest History website: a long essay on the battle by Vietnam veterans to have a new independent history written about health issues post-Vietnam, particularly the effects of Agent Orange an article by John Brookes on the links between nationalism and phenomena like Anzac an article by David Stephens, drawing upon recent Turkish Read more …

Direct Hit: The Bombing of Darwin Post Office

Brett Bowden has just published a new book on the 1942 bombing of Darwin, Direct Hit: The Bombing of Darwin Post Office (Rosenberg Publishing) that reveals the bravery and resourcefulness of PMG staff and other civilians at the affected site where the Overland Telegraph met the undersea cable which linked Australia to the rest of Read more …

Australian Women War Reporters

Join author Jeannine Baker as she tells the hidden story of Australian and New Zealand women war reporters who fought for equality with their male colleagues and filed stories from the main conflicts of the twentieth century. Jeannine will draw out the links between the experiences of these pioneers and the contemporary realities faced by Read more …