James Boyce is a Hobart-based writer and historian. His latest book is Imperial Mud: The Fight for the Fens.
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Transforming the national imagination: The ‘Dark Emu’ debate
Peter Sutton and Keryn Walshe’s ‘Farmers or Hunter-gatherers?’ challenges ideas of progress championed by Bruce Pascoe
Julian of Norwich
Might challenges to neoliberal orthodoxies emerge from the pandemic, as challenges to Christian faith did after the Black Death?
There are good reasons why Australians won’t pick fruit
Whitefella visits Kurnell
A Botany Bay ferry would restore Cook’s landing site as a ‘meeting place’
A Pentecostal PM and climate change
Does a belief in the End Times inform Scott Morrison’s response to the bushfire crisis?
Damascene subversion: Christos Tsiolkas’s ‘Damascus’
The literary storyteller’s latest novel wrestles with the mythology of Christianity’s founder, Paul the Apostle
The lie of ‘responsible gambling’
Australia’s world-beating gambling addiction and the deception hiding it
The Devil and Scott Morrison
What do we know about the prime minister’s Pentecostalism?
Mike Parr’s invisible performance and Tasmania’s complex past
Underneath the bitumen in Hobart, history becomes art
Decoding the dual-citizenship crisis
Australia’s founders would be shocked at today’s interpretation of the Constitution
Tablet or toilet?
How transformative has the computer age really been?
The selfish gene
Richard Dawkins published The Selfish Gene in 1976, the book that established his reputation and which, his closest supporters maintain, ‘takes pride of place among his achievements’. With it, he helped popularise the idea that not only the …
‘The Biggest Estate on Earth’ by Bill Gammage
Modern environmental sensibility has not increased the number of Australians who are able to imagine what our dominant homelands – the coastlands of the temperate zone – were like before European settlement. Such has been the transformation of the …
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