Mark McKenna

Mark McKenna
Mark McKenna is a professor of history at the University of Sydney. His books include An Eye for Eternity: The Life of Manning Clark.

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The character business


What does the deluge of political biography and memoir say about politicians and readers?

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‘Unnecessary Wars’ by Henry Reynolds


NewSouth Publishing; $29.99

Citizenship and its discontents


Talk of stripping citizenship is just one example of Tony Abbott’s alarmist rhetoric

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‘Australian History in 7 Questions’ by John Hirst

Australian history

Black Inc.; $24.99

Blackfellas’ Point: One decade later


It is now more than twenty years since I first saw the land that I would later come to know as ‘Blackfellas’ Point’. What began as a retreat from Sydney – a remote ‘bush block’ on the far south coast of New South Wales – is now home to my …

Detail from St George and the Dragon (circa 1435), Rogier van der Weyden

Knights and the old republic


Tony Abbott's aggressive monarchism

ASIO photo of Gary Foley with Black Panther Denis Walker. Courtesy of Haydn Keenan

ASIO surveillance in ‘Persons of Interest’


Documentary series charts the history of Australia’s intelligence-gathering operations

Canberra, ca. 1915. Image courtesy of the National Library of Australia

Growing pains

Australian Parliament

The nation’s capital turns 100

Image from ‘The Last Diggers’ by Ross Coulthart. Courtesy of HarperCollins.

Lest We Inflate

World War II

Why do Australians lust for heroic war stories?