Shortlist year: 
2020
Shortlist category: 
Australian history
Published by: 
Harvard University Press

About the book

'Progressive New World: How Settler Colonialism and Transpacific Exchange Shaped American Reform' by Marilyn Lake.

In a bold argument, Marilyn Lake shows that race and reform were mutually supportive as Progressivism became the political logic of settler colonialism at the turn of the 20th century. She points to exchanges between American and Australasian reformers who shared racial sensibilities, along with a commitment to forging an ideal social order.