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Honest History

Honest History promotes balanced consideration of Australian history by offering contesting, evidence-based interpretations to students, teachers, universities, journalists and the public. We challenge the misuse of history to serve political or other agendas.

Newbook‘Anzackery’ (and other Australianisms) defined in new edition of Australian National Dictionary (picture)

Lord Northcliffe (egged on by Keith Murdoch) talks up the Anzacs after Pozières

From the Honest History archives: ‘Defining Moments’ at the National Museum

Divided sunburnt country: Australia 1916-18 (10): Prime Minister Hughes announces the first conscription referendum, 30 August 1916; full ‘Divided sunburnt country’ series

Phillip Schuler, Australian war correspondent: Kristen Alexander reviews Mark Baker’s book

Honest History’s Alternative Guide to the Australian War Memorial (downloaded 1565 times)

Conscription for Vietnam: the Hell No! We Won’t Go collection at the War Memorial

BOB1101600404_400PM Menzies (and Australia) on the cover of Time magazine 1960 (picture): Humphrey McQueen writes

Do professional historians have a future? Neville Buch asks the question

Australia’s Vietnam War in context – and other recent posts on the Honest History site

Centenary Watch: Minister Tehan back in harness. Senator Ludlam is Greens’ spokesperson. Local Long Tan commemorations less controversial. ‘Anzackery’ definition has interesting background. Conscription battles need to be front and centre. Chance for a new legacy at the Australian War Memorial. War-related ‘think pieces’ on South Australian site. United States World War I commemoration cranks up.

Neither rosy glow nor black armband … just honest