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Heroes and villains

Cancelling Douglas Bader, legendary fighter pilot, World War Two hero and unreconstructed racist

Image of Heraclitus of Ephesus, known as the “Weeping Philosopher”.


Forecasting the future

What is humanity’s destiny in the Anthropocene era?

Image of the Stone of Remembrance at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra. Image © Lukas Coch / AAP Images


Remembrance or forgetting?

The Australian War Memorial and the Great Australian Silence

Illustration by Jeff Fisher


Fish out of mortar

Saving Canowindra’s ancient fish fossils


Reading Inga Clendinnen

The late historian leaves behind a stunning body of scholarship

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The secrets of others

Philippe Sands’ ‘East West Street’ mixes memoir, biography and thriller to explain the origins of ‘crimes against humanity’ and ‘genocide’

Image of Roald Dahl in his writing hut

The man who never grew up

The life and legacy of Roald Dahl

The Long Tan dilemma

How should Australians commemorate their battles in other countries?

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Strong boots

Tom Griffiths’ ‘The Art of Time Travel’ is a thoughtful look at some of Australia’s most prominent historians

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Beyond imagination

Nobel Prize–winning journalist Svetlana Alexievich brings together an extraordinarily diverse group of Russian voices