Leonard Wood won fame at the sharp end of the American Empire – first with Theodore Roosevelt in Cuba during the Spanish American War and then in the Philippines as Governor of Moro Province, where he led the brutal suppression of an indigenous rebellion between 1903 and 1906. He then served as Army Chief of Staff between 1910 and 1914, and then argued for American military preparedness as World War I engulfed the rest of the western world. Along the way Wood grew ever closer to the Republican Party, to Roosevelt, and alienated the Democratic Wilson administration.
2016 Max Kelly Medal awarded to Daniel McKay for his essay ‘Loyal Children: The Australian Factor in the Birth of the Imperial Federation Movement'
ANU Undergraduate student Daniel McKay has been recognised in the History Council of New South Wales Awards. Daniel has been awarded the 2016 Max Kelly Medal for his essay 'Loyal Children: The Australian Factor in the Birth of the Imperial Federation League'.
A Third Perspective between Colonialism and Nationalism: Inter-Colonial Health Governing Schemes of the League of Nations’ Far Eastern Rural Hygiene Conference, Bandung 1937
Shortly after the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese War, the League of Nations held the Far Eastern Rural Hygiene Conference in Bandung, which was hosted by the Dutch East Indies government, between 3–13 August 1937. The conference of 1937 has long been overshadowed by the other Bandung Conference of 1955, which launched the third force of non-alliance in the bipolar Cold War politics, led by post-colonial leaders in Asia.
ANU historian, Professor Ann McGrath, has won a 2016 NSW Premier's History prize for her book, llicit Love: Interracial sex and marriage in the United States and Australia.
The Director of the ANU Australian Centre for Indigenous History, won the $15,000 general history section.
The judges said Illicit Love combined Queensland and Cherokee history and showcased the best of innovative trends in transnational history writing.Image Ann_McGrath.jpg
The period from 1910 to 1939 was one of the most turbulent chapters in New South Wales (NSW) labour history. It was defined by intense ideological conflict, winner-take-all factional warfare, widespread accusations of corruption, and multiple Labor Party splits. Intertwined within these issues were questions of democracy and oligarchy within the movement. Questions, that is, of the extent to which ordinary trade union and Labor Party members should control labour institutions.
Where: Australian National University
When: Monday 6th March - Tuesday 7th 2017Image HowthePersonalBecamePolitical.png
Faced with an unprecedented threat to national security during the Second World War, the Commonwealth government assumed extraordinary powers. These extended beyond the military effort to the measures required to equip and sustain it: there were unprecedented controls over capital and labour, investment and consumption. In return for the discipline and denial demanded of civilians, the government embarked on an ambitious scheme of economic and social reconstruction.
ANU Open day will give you the opportunity to discover the undergraduate and postgraduate study options available through the School of History. You'll also have the chance to take a look around the campus and learn what ANU has to offer more broadly.
Associate Professor Frank Bongiorno and Professor Ann McGrath were shortlisted for the 2016 NSW Premier's History awards.
ANU students in the Highly Commended category for History in the International Undergraduate Awards program
Two of our past and current Honours students, Geraldine Fela and Emily Gallagher, have been placed in the Highly Commended category for History in the International Undergraduate Awards program, convened in Ireland: they are in the top 10 per cent of applicants, from whom an overall winner will be announced on the 6th of September.Image UndergradAwards.jpg
School of History Seminar Week 6: Picturing Democracy: Telling the Story of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Electoral Education
Peter Mares, Not Quite Australian: How Temporary Migration is Changing the Nation in conversation with Frank Bongiorno
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
6:00pm – 7:00pm (18:00 – 19:00)
Permanent migration has long been vital to the story of Australia and today, there are more than one million temporary migrants living in Australia. They work, pay tax and abide by our laws, yet they remain unrecognised as citizens. All the while, this rise in temporary migration is redefining Australian society, from wage wars and healthcare benefits, to broader ideas of national identity and cultural diversity.
ANU School of History's Associate Professor Frank Bongiorno will be speaking at The Public Life of History, presented by the School of Culture, History & Language, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific.
Thursday 18 August 6:00pm – 7.30pm (light refreshments from 6:00pm to 6:30pm)
The Trial of Ta’isi O. F. Nelson: New Zealand’s Colonial Justice and Indigenous Resistance in 1930s Sāmoa
This is a seminar about the extraordinary 1933–1934 trial of Ta’isi O. F. Nelson in Apia. The trial was the culmination of a harsh campaign of exile and public disgrace waged against the Sāmoan nationalist leader by conservative New Zealand governments since 1926. The government assumed Ta’isi’s trial would be quick and surgical.
2016 Allan Martin Public Lecture: Child refugees and Australian internationalism: past, present, future
The 2016 Allan Martin Lecture was presented by Professor Joy Damousi on Tuesday the 3rd of May in the Coombs Lecture Theatre at the Australian Natiuonal University.
This lecture is available to be viewed through the ANU College of Arts annd Social Sciences Soundcloud account.
Dr Alexis Bergantz, Dr Brett Goodin, Dr Selena Williams, Dr Kim Doyle, and Dr Anne Rees have successfully completed their PhD's through the School of History.
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School of History Seminar Week 3: Closed Stranger Adoption and Māori (1955–1985): Violence, Sex, and Race
Stephen Wilks will talk about his researches into the remarkable but little studied Earle Christmas Grafton Page – Country Party leader, Treasurer, Prime Minister and perhaps the most extraordinary visionary to hold high public office in the Australian Commonwealth. Page’s incessant activism in issues of regionalism, new states, hydro-electricity, economic planning, co-operative federalism and rural universities make him a vehicle for studying the place in Australian history of ideas and ambitions for national development – ‘developmentalism’.
School of History Seminar Week 2: Haunting Biology: The Scientific Collection of Blood and Bones in Indigenous Australia
One Canberra night in 2009, an Aboriginal poet was haunted by a dead comparative anatomist who cut through her body with a scalpel. This article takes a leap of faith to consider this not as a freak event but as a reflection of the general condition of scientific research involving Indigenous people in Australia, and perhaps in other places. Kevin Hetherington’s (2004) analysis of the first and second burial of animate and inanimate objects argues that interrupting a second burial can lead to haunting.