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.

logo PNGHonest History symposium, ANU, Canberra, 8 November, ‘Presenting, choosing, measuring, changing history’. With Frank Bongiorno, Michael Brissenden, Alison Broinowski, Pamela Burton, Michael Cooney, Shaun Crowe, Paul Daley, Emily Gallagher, Tjanara Goreng Goreng, Carolyn Holbrook, Benjamin T. Jones, Ann McGrath, Michael Piggott, David Stephens, Sue Wareham, Clare Wright, in discussion. Booking and program.

Margaret Macmillan Reith Lectures 2018, ‘The Mark of Cain’: on war and humanitydownload

A century on, Sir John Monash deserves evidence-based analysis, not boosterism: Chris Roberts and Peter Stanley write

Andrew Richardson reviews Peter FitzSimons and Stephen Dando-Collins on the Battle of Hamel

Dunera Lives launched and reviewed

Centenary Watch: War Memorial consultations on its proposed extensions: ‘Look on my Works’ (picture). Old wine in new bottles? Minister Chester’s recent pressers, including War Memorial Council appointments. Centenary of Great War recruitment nadir. ACT electoral redistribution: does Bean count?


woodrow_and_edith_wilson2jpgLetting somebody else do it. ‘The “Edith Wilson [wife of ailing US President Wilson] regency” … was one piece of evidence that encouraged US lawmakers – eventually – to bring in the 25th Amendment, on “presidential disability”, and that is one piece of constitutional law that lurks in and around Pennsylvania Avenue in 2017. The other, of course, is impeachment.’ ‘The second First Lady, the pretend colonel, and the dogs of Ottawa‘ (2017) (15 August 2017)

Looking back …

Australia is more than Anzac – and always has been