History

2017

Enlightened Colonialism: Civilization Narratives and Imperial Politics in the Age of ReasonBurnard, Trevor. "Slavery and the Enlightenment in Jamaica and the British Empire, 1760-1772: The Afterlife of Tacky's Rebellion and the Origins of British Abolitionism," in Tricoire, D. (Ed.,). Enlightened Colonialism: Civilization Narratives and Imperial Politics in the Age of Reason. Palgrave Macmillan 2017

This book expands the debate on whether Enlightenment provided the cultural and intellectual origins of modern colonialism by exploring political and social practices. It brings together studies about the overseas empires of Britain, France, Spain, and Portugal as well as the continental empires of Russia and Austria and explores the interaction and assimilationism between European, indigenous, creole, and mix-raced elites. This book further qualifies the postcolonial thesis and shows its limits. To reach these goals, it links text analysis and political history on a global comparative scale. Focusing on imperial agents, their narratives of progress, and their political aims and strategies, it asks whether Enlightenment gave birth to a new colonialism between 1760 and 1820. More information...

A history of the case study: sexology, psychoanalysis, literatureLang, Birgit; Damousi, Joy and Lewis, Alison. A history of the case study: sexology, psychoanalysis, literature. Manchester University Press, 2017

This collection tells the story of the case study genre at a time when it became the genre par excellence for discussing human sexuality across the humanities and life sciences.It is a transcontinental journey from the imperial world of fin-de-siècle Central Europe to the interwar metropolises of Weimar Germany and to the United States of America in the post-war years. More information...

Stalin's Defectors: How Red Army Soldiers Became Hitler's Collaborators, 1941-1945Edele, Mark. Stalin's Defectors: How Red Army Soldiers Became Hitler's Collaborators, 1941-1945. OUP, 2017

Stalin's Defectors is the first systematic study of the phenomenon of frontline surrender to the Germans in the Soviet Union's 'Great Patriotic War' against the Nazis in 1941-1945. No other Allied army in the Second World War had such a large share of defectors among its prisoners of war. Based on a broad range of sources, this volume investigates the extent, the context, the scenarios, the reasons, the aftermath, and the historiography of frontline defection. More information...

Blood Will TellEllinghaus, Katherine. Blood Will Tell Native Americans and Assimilation Policy. University of Nebraska Press, 2017

Blood Will Tell reveals the underlying centrality of "blood" that shaped official ideas about who was eligible to be defined as Indian by the General Allotment Act in the United States. Katherine Ellinghaus traces the idea of blood quantum and how the concept came to dominate Native identity and national status between 1887 and 1934 and how related exclusionary policies functioned to dispossess Native people of their land. The U.S. government's unspoken assumption at the time was that Natives of mixed descent were undeserving of tribal status and benefits, notwithstanding that Native Americans of mixed descent played crucial roles in the national implementation of allotment policy. More information...

On the StumpScalmer, Sean. On the Stump: Campaign Oratory and Democracy in the United States, Britain, and Australia. Temple University Press, 2017

In his engaging book On the Stump, Sean Scalmer provides the first comprehensive, transnational history of the "stump speech." He traces the development and transformation of campaign oratory, as well as how national elections and public life and culture have been shaped by debate over the past century. Scalmer presents an eloquent study of how "stumping" careers were made, sustained, remembered, and exploited, to capture the complex rhythms of political change over the years. On the Stump examines the distinctive dramatic and performative styles of celebrity orators including Davy Crockett, Henry Clay, and William Gladstone. Ultimately, Scalmer recovers the history of the stump speech and its historical significance in order to better understand how political change is forged. More information...

Public Opinion, Campaign Politics and Media Audiences New Australian PerspectivesGriffen-Foley, Bridget and Scalmer, Sean (eds.,). Public Opinion, Campaign Politics and Media Audiences New Australian Perspectives. Melbourne University Publishing, 2017

This timely book investigates the fascinating landscape of media-driven politics through the prisms of 'public opinion', political campaigning, and audiences. From Indigenous voting rights and climate change to talkback radio and right-wing populism, Public Opinion, Campaign Politics and Media Audiences showcases new research in political science, history and media studies. Contributors scrutinise the relationship between polls, party policy and voting behaviour, and evaluate the roles of oratory and the media in electioneering and political communication across Australia, Britain and the United States. More information...

Beyond the Silver Screen, A History of Women, Filmmaking and Film Culture in Australia 1920-1990Tomsic, Mary. Beyond the Silver Screen, A History of Women, Filmmaking and Film Culture in Australia 1920-1990. Melbourne University Press, 2017

Beyond the Silver Screen tells the history of women's engagement with filmmaking and film culture in twentieth-century Australia. In doing so, it explores an array of often hidden ways women in Australia have creatively worked with film. Beyond the Silver Screen examines film in a broad sense, considering feature filmmaking alongside government documentaries and political films. It also focuses on women's work regulating films and supporting film culture through organising film societies and workshops to encourage female filmmakers. As such, it tells a new narrative of Australian film history. More information...

Love: Art of Emotion 1400-1800Zika, Charles; Hesson, Angela and Martin, Matthew (eds.,). Love: Art of Emotion 1400-1800. National Gallery of Victoria, 2017

Love, in the early modern era, was not so much a single emotion as an intricate constellation of feelings, experienced and expressed by the individual as well as broader society. From romantic desire to religious devotion, from patriotism to narcissism to nostalgia, Love: Art of Emotion 1400-1800 explores notions of public display and private sentiment, ostentation and intimacy. More information...

2016

The Plantation Machine: Atlantic Capitalism in French Saint-Domingue and British JamaicaBurnard, Trevor and Garrigus, John. The Plantation Machine: Atlantic Capitalism in French Saint-Domingue and British Jamaica. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016

The core of The Plantation Machine addresses the Seven Years' War and its aftermath. The events of that period, notably a slave poisoning scare in Saint-Domingue and a near-simultaneous slave revolt in Jamaica, cemented white dominance in both colonies. Burnard and Garrigus argue that local political concerns, not emerging racial ideologies, explain the rise of distinctive forms of racism in these two societies. The American Revolution provided another imperial crisis for the beneficiaries of the plantation machine, but by the 1780s whites in each place were prospering as never before - and blacks were suffering in new and disturbing ways. The result was that Jamaica and Saint-Domingue became vitally important parts of the late eighteenth-century American empires of Britain and France. More information...

A Cultural History of Sound, Memory, and the SensesDamousi, Joy and Hamilton, Paula (eds.,). A cultural history of sound, memory, and the senses. Routledge, 2016

The past 20 years have witnessed a turn towards the sensuous, particularly the aural, as a viable space for critical exploration in History and other Humanities disciplines. This has been informed by a heightened awareness of the role that the senses play in shaping modern identity and understanding of place; and increasingly, how the senses are central to the memory of past experiences and their representation. The result has been a broadening of our historical imagination, which has previously taken the visual for granted and ignored the other senses… This volume builds on scholarship produced over the last twenty years and explores these dimensions by coupling the history of sound and the senses in distinctive ways: through a study of the sound of violence; the sound of voice mediated by technologies and the expression of memory through the senses. More information...

The Conscription Conflict and the Great WarDamousi, Joy; Scalmer, Sean; Goot, Murray and Archer, Robyn (eds.,). The Conscription Conflict and the Great War. Monash University Publishing, 2016

While the Great War raged, Australians were twice asked to vote on the question of military conscription for overseas service. The recourse to popular referendum on such an issue at such a time was without precedent anywhere in the world... But while the memory of the conscription campaigns once loomed large, it has increasingly been overshadowed by a preoccupation with the sacrifice and heroism of Australian soldiers. This volume redresses the balance. Across nine chapters, distinguished scholars consider the origins, unfolding, and consequences of the conscription campaigns, comparing local events with experiences in Britain, the United States, and other countries. A corrective to the ‘militarisation’ of Australian history, it is also a major new exploration of a unique and defining episode in Australia’s past. More information...

Scandal and Reputation at the Court of Catherine de MediciMcIlvenna, Una. Scandal and Reputation at the Court of Catherine de Medici. Routledge, 2016

Scandal and Reputation at the Court of Catherine de Medici explores Catherine de Medici's 'flying squadron', the legendary ladies-in-waiting of the sixteenth-century French queen mother who were alleged to have been ordered to seduce politically influential men for their mistress's own Machiavellian purposes. Branded a 'cabal of cuckoldry' by a contemporary critic, these women were involved in scandals that have encouraged a perception, which continues in much academic literature, of the late Valois court as debauched and corrupt. More information...

The French RevolutionMcPhee, Peter. The French Revolution (2nd edition, revised). Melbourne University Publishing, 2016

There are three key questions the book investigates. First, why was there a revolution in 1789? Second, why did the revolution continue after 1789, culminating in civil war, foreign invasion and terror? Third, what was the significance of the revolution? Was the French Revolution a major turning-point in French, even world history, or instead just a protracted period of violent upheaval and warfare which wrecked millions of lives? More information...

How to Vote Progressive in Australia Labor Or Green?Scalmer, Sean and Altman, Dennis (eds.,). How to Vote Progressive in Australia Labor Or Green?. Monash University Publishing, 2016

Red or Green? Traditionally, Australian progressives have supported the Australian Labor Party; increasingly, the Greens appeal. What are the key differences between the parties? Is greater collaboration desirable? Is it likely? This volume brings together a range of party leaders, veterans, and academic experts to tackle these important questions. Deliberately pluralistic, it encompasses strongly divergent views. Dedicated to progressive change, it aims both to capture and to advance a vital public debate. More information...

Disaster, Death and the Emotions in the Shadow of the Apocalypse, 1400-1700Spinks, Jenny and Zika, Charles (eds.,). Disaster, Death and the Emotions in the Shadow of the Apocalypse, 1400-1700. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016

In late medieval and early modern Europe, textual and visual records of disaster and mass death allow us to encounter the intense emotions generated through the religious, providential and apocalyptic frameworks that provided these events with meaning. This collection brings together historians, art historians, and literary specialists in a cross-disciplinary collection shaped by new developments in the history of emotions. It offers a rich range of analytical frameworks and case studies, from the emotional language of divine providence to individual and communal experiences of disaster. More information...

2015

Planters, Merchants, and Slaves: Plantation Societies in British America, 1650-1820Burnard, Trevor. Planters, Merchants, and Slaves: Plantation Societies in British America, 1650-1820. University of Chicago Press, 2015

As with any enterprise involving violence and lots of money, running a plantation in early British America was a serious and brutal enterprise. Beyond resources and weapons, a plantation required a significant force of cruel and rapacious men - men who, as Trevor Burnard sees it, lacked any better options for making money. In the contentious Planters, Merchants, and Slaves, Burnard argues that white men did not choose to develop and maintain the plantation system out of virulent racism or sadism, but rather out of economic logic because - to speak bluntly - it worked. More information...

Memory and Migration in the Shadow of WarDamousi, Joy. Memory and Migration in the Shadow of War: Australia's Greek Immigrants after World War II and the Greek Civil War. Cambridge University Press, 2015

In an engaging and original contribution to the field of memory studies, Joy Damousi considers the enduring impact of war on family memory in the Greek diaspora. Focusing on Australia's Greek immigrants in the aftermath of the Second World War and the Greek Civil War, the book explores the concept of remembrance within the larger context of migration to show how intergenerational experience of war and trauma transcend both place and nation. Drawing from the most recent research in memory, trauma and transnationalism, Memory and Migration in the Shadow of War deals with the continuities and discontinuities of war stories, assimilation in modern Australia, politics and activism, child migration and memories of mothers and children in war. Damousi sheds new light on aspects of forgotten memory and silence within families and communities, and in particular the ways in which past experience of violence and tragedy is both negotiated and processed. More information...

Conflict, Performance and Commemoration in Australia and the Pacific Rim. Routledge, 2015Darian-Smith, Kate and Edmonds, Penelope (eds.,). Conciliation on Colonial Frontiers: Conflict, Performance and Commemoration in Australia and the Pacific Rim. Routledge, 2015.

Spanning the late 18th century to the present, this volume explores new directions in imperial and postcolonial histories of conciliation, performance, and conflict between European colonisers and Indigenous peoples in Australia and the Pacific Rim, including Aotearoa New Zealand, Hawaii and the Northwest Pacific Coast. It examines cultural "rituals" and objects; the re-enactments of various events and encounters of exchange, conciliation and diplomacy that occurred on colonial frontiers between non-Indigenous and Indigenous peoples; commemorations of historic events; and how the histories of colonial conflict and conciliation are politicised in nation-building and national identities. More information...

 Sport, Masculinity, and the Making of Modern Laos. University of Hawaii Press, 2015Creak, Simon. Embodied Nation: Sport, Masculinity, and the Making of Modern Laos. University of Hawaii Press, 2015.

This strikingly original book examines how sport and ideas of physicality have shaped the politics and culture of modern Laos. Viewing the country's extraordinary transitions - from French colonialism to royalist nationalism to revolutionary socialism to the modern development state - through the lens of physical culture, Simon Creak's lively and incisive narrative illuminates a nation that has no reputation in sport and is typically viewed, even from within, as a country of cheerful but lazy people. Creak argues that sport and related physical practices - including physical education, gymnastics, and military training - have shaped a national consciousness by locating it in everyday experience. These practices are popular, participatory, performative, and, above all, physical in character and embody ideas and ideologies in a symbolic and experiential way. More information...

 Sport, Masculinity, and the Making of Modern Laos. University of Hawaii Press, 2015Spinks, Jenny and Eichberger, Dagmar (eds.,). Religion, the Supernatural and Visual Culture in Early Modern Europe: An album amicorum for Charles Zika. Brill: 2015

This volume brings together some of the most exciting new scholarship on these themes, and thus pays tribute to the ground-breaking work of Charles Zika. Seventeen interdisciplinary essays offer new insights into the materiality and belief systems of early modern religious cultures as found in artworks, books, fragmentary texts and even in Protestant ‘relics’. Some contributions reassess communal and individual responses to cases of possession, others focus on witchcraft and manifestations of the disordered natural world. More information...

2014

Hargreaves, Jennifer and Anderson, Eric (eds.,). Routledge Handbook of Sport, Gender and Sexuality. Routledge, 2014Creak, Simon. "Rituals of the Masculine State: Sports Festivals, Gender and Power in Laos and Southeast Asia," in Hargreaves, Jennifer and Anderson, Eric (eds.,). Routledge Handbook of Sport, Gender and Sexuality. Routledge, 2014, pp. 112-120.

The Routledge Handbook of Sport, Gender and Sexuality brings together important new work from 68 leading international scholars that, collectively, demonstrates the intrinsic interconnectedness of sport, gender and sexuality. It introduces what is, in essence, a sophisticated sub-area of sport sociology, covering the field comprehensively, as well as signalling ideas for future research and analysis. Wide-ranging across different historical periods, different sports, and different local and global contexts, the book incorporates personal, ideological and political narratives; varied conceptual, methodological and theoretical approaches; and examples of complexities and nuanced ways of understanding the gendered and sexualized dynamics of sport. It examines structural and cultural forms of gender segregation, homophobia, heteronormativity and transphobia, as well as the ideological struggles and changes that have led to nuanced ways of thinking about the sport, gender and sexuality nexus. This is a landmark work of reference that will be a key resource for students and researchers working in sport studies, gender studies, sexuality studies or sociology. More information...

Juneja, Monica and Schenk, Gerrit (eds.,). Disaster as Image. Iconographies and Media Strategies across Europe and Asia. Schnell und Steiner, 2014Zika, Charles. "Visual signs of imminent disaster in the sixteenth-century Zurich archive of Johann Jakob Wick," in Juneja, Monica and Schenk, Gerrit (eds.,). Disaster as Image. Iconographies and Media Strategies across Europe and Asia. Schnell und Steiner, 2014, pp. 43-53.

The publication brings together studies from different disciplinary perspectives of the production and reception of images of disaster - across epochs and continents. The chosen studies focus on disasters with a 'natural core', such as earthquakes, floods and hurricanes, to the exclusion of phenomena such as major epidemics on which extensive research exists. The violences unleashed by natural disasters exposes human beings to the most elemental of borderline situations. Such extreme situations bring forth culturally formed patterns of action, ways of comprehension and coping that perforce transcend responses at the individual level in order to be effective. Thus, the volume introduces important scientific investigations of the representation, mediation and interpretation of disaster. More informaton...

 Challenging the Paradigm. Brill Academic Publishers, 2014Zika, Charles. "Images and Witchcraft Studies: A Short History," in Nenonen, Marko and Toivo, Raisa Maria (eds.,). Writing Witch-hunt Histories: Challenging the Paradigm. Brill Academic Publishers, 2014, pp. 41-85

This book gives an analytical review of the history of witch-hunt historiography. So far not much attention has been paid to how the European witch-hunts have been studied and explained in some 150 years of academic research on the issue. The history of the approaches and explanations in witch-hunt research fundamentally contributes not only to our understanding of the bizarre phenomenon in European history but also contributes to understanding of cultural as well as academic trends which heavily direct any research even when scholars are not cognisant of their underlying premises. How and why the picture of witch-hunts has been changing in scholarly works and text books is as illuminating an issue as the proper explanations offered by the research works. More information...

 A Chris Wallace-Crabbe Collection. Melbourne University Publishing, 2014Darian-Smith, Kate. "Student, Teacher, Friend," in Atherton, Cassandra (ed.,). Travelling Without Gods: A Chris Wallace-Crabbe Collection. Melbourne University Publishing, 2014, pp. 89-97.

Wide - ranging in theme and context, it explores the imaginative effects of his writing. A tribute to Chris on the occasion of this eightieth birthday, in many ways it suggests an alternative cultural history of Australia since the 1950s. Containing biographical and critical pieces, poems (including new work by Chris) and essays that respond to his career Travelling without Gods takes account of the decades in which he has written. It illuminates, celebrates and critiques his work in its various contexts. Travelling without Gods also offers, importantly, a sample of Chris Wallace - Crabbe's unpublished journals, as well as photography that displays both his life and his relationship with the visual arts. The contributors are all established writers and artists who have had important links with Chris. More information...

 The Human Rights Revolution of the 1970s'. Harvard University Press, 2014Keys, Barbara. Reclaiming American Virtue: The Human Rights Revolution of the 1970s. Harvard University Press, 2014

The American commitment to international human rights emerged in the 1970s not as a logical outgrowth of American idealism but as a surprising response to national trauma, as Barbara Keys shows in this provocative history. Reclaiming American Virtue situates this novel enthusiasm as a reaction to the profound challenge of the Vietnam War and its tumultuous aftermath. Instead of looking inward for renewal, Americans on the right and the left alike looked outward for ways to restore America’s moral leadership. More information...

Vervaet, Frederik. The High Command in the Roman Republic. The Principle of the summum imperium auspiciumque from 509 to 19 BCE. Franz Steiner Verlag, 2014Vervaet, Frederik. The High Command in the Roman Republic. The Principle of the summum imperium auspiciumque from 509 to 19 BCE. Franz Steiner Verlag, 2014.

While the terminology has long been noted, the republican principle of the summum imperium auspiciumque, the high command and the prevailing auspices, has never been subject to comprehensive scrutiny. This enquiry for the first time identifies this principle as a coherent concept in Roman constitutional and administrative practice, being the senatorial oligarchy's foremost instrument to reconcile collegiate rule with the necessity of a unified high command. After defining the relevant terms and the scope of the high command both in Rome and in the field, a number of case studies yield striking new insights into the constitutional ramifications for the allocation of public triumphs, the position of the consuls in the provinces, and the official hierarchy in combined commands, highlighting the fascinating interplay between these largely customary rules of engagement and the nobility's own code of honour. More information...

 Australian Women, Past and Present. ANU Press, 2014Damousi, Joy, Rubenstein, Kim and Tomsic, Mary (eds.,). Diversity in Leadership: Australian Women, Past and Present. ANU Press, 2014.

Diversity in Leadership: Australian women, past and present provides a new understanding of the historical and contemporary aspects of Indigenous and non-Indigenous women's leadership in a range of local, national and international contexts. It brings interdisciplinary expertise to the topic from leading scholars in a range of fields and diverse backgrounds. The aims of the essays in the collection document the extent and diverse nature of women's social and political leadership across various pursuits and endeavours within democratic political structures. More information...

 Fashioning Identity from Antiquity to the Present. Bloomsbury Academic, 2014Finnane, Antonia. "Sartorial Boundaries on the Chinese Frontier," in Marzel, S-R. and Stiebel, G.D. (eds.,). Dress and Ideology: Fashioning Identity from Antiquity to the Present. Bloomsbury Academic, 2014.

Dress and fashion are powerful visual means of communicating ideology, whether political, social or religious. From the communist values of equality, simplicity and solidarity exemplified in the Mao suit to the myriad of fashion protests of feminists such as French revolutionary women's demand to wear trousers, dress can symbolize ideological orthodoxy as well as revolt. With contributions from a wide range of international scholars, this book presents the first scholarly analysis of dress and ideology through accessible case studies. Chapters are organized thematically and explore dress in relation to topics including nation, identity, religion, politics and utopias, across an impressive chronological reach from antiquity to the present day. More information...

Keys, Barbara. "Emotions in Intercultural Relations," in Johnson, R.D. (ed.,). Asia Pacific in the Age of Globalization. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014Keys, Barbara. "Emotions in Intercultural Relations," in Johnson, R.D. (ed.,). Asia Pacific in the Age of Globalization. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Asia Pacific in the Age of Globalization examines United States-East Asian relations in the framework of global history, incorporating fresh insights that have been offered by scholars on such topics as globalization, human rights, historical memory, and trans-cultural relations. It brings the history of trans-Pacific relations up to date, both chronologically and conceptually. As the wider Pacific is destined to play an increasingly crucial role in the world's strategic, political, economic, and cultural affairs, this volume will be of invaluable help to readers seeking to understand such a development in a global historical framework. More information...

Pennell, Richard. "How did the Moroccan Monarchy Survive the "Arab Spring"?," in Friedman B. and Maddy-Weitzman, B. (eds.,). Inglorious Revolutions: State Cohension in the Middle East after the Arab Spring. The Moshe Dayan Center, 2014Pennell, Richard. "How did the Moroccan Monarchy Survive the "Arab Spring"?," in Friedman B. and Maddy-Weitzman, B. (eds.,). Inglorious Revolutions: State Cohension in the Middle East after the Arab Spring. The Moshe Dayan Center, 2014.

The Middle East state system, which was largely an artificial construct of the post-World War I international order, has faced enormous challenges since Arab uprisings erupted in December 2010. The collection of essays in this volume, based on a seminar held by the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies during the 2012–2013 academic year, examines the state in the Middle East in the aftermath of the uprisings, and seeks to explain how the region has slipped sideways since 2010, and what it might mean for the existing framework of states. How are the individual states coping with these challenges? Are they succeeding? If not, what are the potential consequences for the cohesion of states, societies, and the region? What kinds of broad patterns are emerging? How are these transformations manifesting themselves? The essays presented in this volume address these issues and more, and attempt to analyze the meaning of the momentous change that has taken place across the region since December 2010. More information...