The Europeans in Australia—Volume Three: Nation

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Nation is the third and final volume in the landmark history of Australia. Told from the point of view of settlers from Europe, it covers nation-making, Federation and the tragedy of World War I. The culmination of a career in the writing and teaching of Australian history, The Europeans in Australia series, is ambitious and unique, and is the first such large, single-author account since Manning Clark's 'A History of Australia'.

Menzies at War

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Many followers of Australian political history forget that Robert Menzies had many years in the political wilderness not knowing he would end up being Australia's longest-serving Prime Minister....

Descent into Hell

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Descent into Hell is the definitive story of the Australian campaign in Southeast Asia during World War II. This account unpicks the myths and legends of the Malayan Campaign, the fall of Singapore and the subsequent horrors of the Thai-Burma Railway, going to the heart of Australian experience.

The Spy Catchers—The Official History of ASIO Vol 1

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For the first time, ASIO has opened its archives. With unrestricted access to the records, David Horner tells the real story of Australia's domestic intelligence organisation, from shaky beginnings to the expulsion of Ivan Skripov in 1963. This authoritative and ground-breaking account overturns many myths about ASIO, offering new insights into broader Australian politics and society in the fraught years of the Cold War.

Charles Bean

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CEW Bean's wartime reports and photographs mythologised the Australian soldier and helped spawn the notion that the Anzacs achieved something nation-defining on the shores of Gallipoli and the battlefields of western Europe. In his quest to get the truth, Bean often faced death beside the Diggers in the trenches of Gallipoli and the Western Front—and saw more combat than many. But did Bean tell Australia the whole story of what he knew? In this fresh new biography Coulthart explores the man behind the legend.

'The War with Germany: Volume III—The Centenary History of Australia and the Great War'

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The War with Germany examines the performance of the Australian Army in the two theatres where it confronted the German Army during the First World War: German New Guinea and the Western Front. With a blend of narrative and theme, the book charts the rise and fall of the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force in the Pacific and the Australian Imperial Force on the Western Front.

'Ned Kelly: A Lawless Life'

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The book, the first in a trilogy dealing with Ned and his community, questions the assumptions made by the Ned Kelly myth. The Fitzpatrick Affair, the Stringybark Creek murders, the Euroa and Jerilderie bank robberies and the Kelly gang's Glenrowan last stand are told factually without mythical embellishment. Ned's Jerilderie Letter is presented in annotated form contrasting the facts against what Ned writes. The book discusses the work of several pro Kelly authors pointing out the flaws in their published works. This volume examines Ned's bushranging deeds, motives and behaviour in the...

'Red Professor: The Cold War Life of Fred Rose'

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Out of relentless research, Monteath and Munt present an engrossing portrait of Fred Rose. His life takes us through rip-roaring tales from Australia's northern frontier to enthralling intellectual tussles over kinship systems and political dramas as he runs rings around his Petrov inquisitors. More than any other injustices, the abuse of Aboriginal people leads him into the Communist Party in 1942. His move to academic life in what he insisted on calling the German Democratic Republic made him a dissident against anthropological orthodoxies in the Soviet Bloc as he had been in Australia.

'Let my people go: the untold story of Australia and the Soviet Jews 1959–89'

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During the Cold War, the Communist leadership of the Soviet Union closed down many Jewish organisations and declared Zionism an ideological enemy. Soviet Jews often suffered hardships, not being allowed to enlist in universities, work in certain professions or participate in government. Because of this, for three critical decades, Australian Jews and their community leaders were deeply involved in the international campaign to enable Jews to leave the oppressive Soviet Union....

The Story of Australia's People. The Rise and Fall of Ancient Australia

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In light of the latest research, Geoffrey Blainey AC retells the story of our history up until 1850. Traditional Aboriginal life came under threat the moment Europeans crossed the world to plant a new society in an unknown land. That land in turn rewarded, tricked, tantalised and often defeated the new arrivals. The meeting of the two cultures is one of the most difficult and complex in recorded history....
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