History

Image of Alfred Deakin
Judith Brett’s ‘The Enigmatic Mr Deakin’ is a skilful portrait of Australia’s second prime minister
By Mark McKenna
Image of Alice Springs
Thirty years on, what should we make of Bruce Chatwin’s song to the songlines?
By Richard Cooke
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The descendants of Australia’s “Afghan” cameleers get together in remote South Australia
By Sam Vincent
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Infamous bushrangers of Braidwood, New South Wales
By Sam Vincent
Image of Wrest Point casino, Sandy Bay, Tasmania
James Boyce’s ‘Losing Streak’ investigates how one family came to rule the state’s poker-machine industry
By Amanda Lohrey
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The State Library of Victoria has acquired one of Australia’s finest collections of literary papers
By Thornton McCamish
Image of the Pilbara, Western Australia.
Mark McKenna’s ‘From the Edge’ tells four fascinating stories of Aboriginal and settler interaction through the history of place
By Frank Bongiorno
Image of Patrick White
The author stays out of the picture, and other personal rules of writing
By David Marr
Image of surveillance of David Combe
The third volume in ASIO’s official history confirms infiltration by Soviet intelligence
By David McKnight
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The Rhodes Scholarship is slowly embracing diversity
By Zoë Morrison
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The late historian leaves behind a stunning body of scholarship
By Tom Griffiths
Cover of East West Street
Philippe Sands’ ‘East West Street’ mixes memoir, biography and thriller to explain the origins of ‘crimes against humanity’ and ‘genocide’
By Martin Krygier
Image of Roald Dahl in his writing hut
The life and legacy of Roald Dahl
By Anwen Crawford
How should Australians commemorate their battles in other countries?
By Mungo MacCallum
Cover of The Art of Time Travel
Tom Griffiths’ ‘The Art of Time Travel’ is a thoughtful look at some of Australia’s most prominent historians
By Barry Hill
Image of Svetlana Alexievich
Nobel Prize–winning journalist Svetlana Alexievich brings together an extraordinarily diverse group of Russian voices
By Anna Goldsworthy
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The boat cruise commentary had everything – except indigenous Tasmania
By Bruce Pascoe
Cover of Unnecessary Wars
NewSouth Publishing; $29.99
By Mark McKenna

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