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.

ImageFrom the Honest History vault: Humphrey McQueen and others on the Spanish flu pandemic 1918-19 that killed 13 000 Australians and 50 million world-wide (with 2020 updates)

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Recent highlights

Alison Broinowski reviews Bernard Collaery’s Oil under Troubled Water: Australia’s Timor Sea Intrigue

Kristen Alexander reviews The Last Navigator by Paul Goodwin with Gordon Goodwin

Does defence spending lead to wars – and does it make any sense against pandemics?

From the Honest History vault: three reviews of books on our black history

A build for the times – or an extravagant folly?

Heritage Guardians: a campaign against the proposed $498m extensions to the Australian War Memorial

awmsatHeritage Guardians submission on Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation heritage aspects

Heritage Guardians submission to Public Works Committee inquiry

Eighty-two Australians sign collective submission to Public Works Committee inquiry

Total Australian spend on Anzac centenary is around $A600 million – or $1.1 billion if you include proposed War Memorial extensions

Arms and the Memorial: let’s spend on health, not arms and submarines

Jordon-Steele-John-2019Senator Steele-John speaks out against arms company donations to the Australian War Memorial (pic: Wikipedia) See also: Memorial gets donations from the big arms company players but it is only ‘small change’ to them; Michelle Fahy on how Australia flogs armaments to overseas bidders; David Stephens on the Nelsonian legacy; David Stephens and Sue Wareham on 3CR; Sue Wareham on prioritising health spending rather than arms spending; Stuart Rollo in Overland on how the military-industrial-commemorative complex is militarising Australia

Looking back

Australia is more than Anzac – and always has been

 

 

 

 

 

 

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