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 …

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 …

Honest History E-newsletter No. 31, 1 December 2015, out now!

Honest History’s e-newsletter has gone out to subscribers and is also on the Honest History website. This month brings the latest research from Ankara on the elusive ‘Ataturk words’ of 1934; David Stephens wondering whether the new Minister for the Centenary of Anzac will be too busy with his other jobs to do it properly; Read more …

The Eighties: The Decade That Transformed Australia

Frank Bongiorno’s The Eighties: The Decade That Transformed Australia (Black Inc.) brings to life the most controversial decade in Australian history, with high-flying entrepreneurs booming and busting, torrid debates over land rights and immigration, the advent of AIDS, a harsh recession and the rise of the New Right. The book will be launched in Canberra Read more …

Beyond Surrender: Australian Prisoners of War in the Twentieth Century

Joan Beaumont (with Lachlan Grant and Aaron Pegram) have edited Beyond Surrender: Australian Prisoners of War in the Twentieth Century (Melbourne University Publishing) which presents for the first time the diversity of the Australian ‘behind-the-wire’ experience, dissecting fact from fiction and myth from reality. Contributors include AHA members Kate Ariotti, Jennifer Lawless, Peter Monteath, Melanie Read more …