Review: US Economic History Workshop

By Kate Rivington Impeccably timed, however unplanned, to coincide with the US Midterm elections, on November 7, 2018 The University of Melbourne hosted a workshop on US Economic History. The workshop, organised by Dr. Kat Ellinghaus and Professor Trevor Burnard, featured papers by scholars from The University of Melbourne, Monash University, and La Trobe University, as well as a fascinating keynote address from Professor Peter … Continue reading Review: US Economic History Workshop

‘More than the Sum of its Parts’: Historical Writing and the Collaborative Process

By Associate Professor Noah Riseman In June 2015, Dr R. Scott Sheffield from the University of the Fraser Valley in Canada proposed to me. Scott had come across the Pacific to attend a conference I was convening titled “Brothers and Sisters in Arms: Historicising Indigenous Military Service.” We were eating dinner at a lovely Italian restaurant in Melbourne, and unlike most proposals, Scott’s came as … Continue reading ‘More than the Sum of its Parts’: Historical Writing and the Collaborative Process

My Prague Summer

Professor Paula Rabinowitz – University of Minnesota This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Prague Spring and all over the city exhibits honored the uprising of citizens seeking greater social and political freedoms. It is also the 70th anniversary of the beginning of communist rule in Czechoslovakia.  Fewer commemorations to those turbulent days in February 1948 could be found, though the astounding photographs by … Continue reading My Prague Summer

Blood and the Ethics of History

By Dr Kat Ellinghaus I began Blood Will Tell with the idea that I was going to tell a settler colonial story.  The book begins in the United States in 1887, when the horrific government attempt to assimilate Native peoples began, resting on the platform of a piece of federal legislation which divided Indigenous-held reservation lands into privately-held allotments. It traces the story of the … Continue reading Blood and the Ethics of History

Chasing Constantine Raises (Part 3)

Or: A reflection on the sadistic humour of the goddess Clio. By Dr Tamson Pietsch (continued from Part 2 and Part 1 of Chasing Constantine Raises) The official records of the 1926-27 Floating University have disappeared. The Raises collection overview notes that Raises himself presented this material to the University of the Seven Seas (a successor enterprise launched in 1960) after which it “may have … Continue reading Chasing Constantine Raises (Part 3)

Night Raid in Manhattan: The 1757 Louisbourg Expedition Press and the Curious Absence of Trauma

By Toby Nash Historians like to be ambitious, span decades in their writing, even centuries, but there is often great utility in examining the little things. I have found my interest drawn to one particular night in New York City. In May 1757, New York was awash with wartime hysteria. Lord Loudon’s naval fleet of over one hundred vessels lay anchored in New York Harbour … Continue reading Night Raid in Manhattan: The 1757 Louisbourg Expedition Press and the Curious Absence of Trauma

Chasing Constantine Raises (Part 2)

Or: A reflection on the sadistic humour of the goddess Clio (continued) (continued from Part 1 of Chasing Constantine Raises) By Dr Tamson Pietsch There are aspects of the account told by Raises that do fit. In early 1925 Lough was publishing notices in the newspapers trying to drum up sufficient interest to enable him to purchase the SS President Arthur and these touted the benefits of his Floating University … Continue reading Chasing Constantine Raises (Part 2)

Chasing Constantine Raises (Part 1)

Or: A reflection on the sadistic humour of the goddess Clio. By Dr Tamson Pietsch There is an alternative origin story for the Floating Univeristy that does not (at the moment) get told in my book. It begins like this: Some time in the cold New York winter of February 1925, six men met for dinner on a ship moored on the East River at the southeastern tip … Continue reading Chasing Constantine Raises (Part 1)

Great Gatsby Gap Year

By Dr Tamson Pietsch In September 1926, 500 American university students left New York aboard the Floating University, on a journey around the world that involved stops at forty-seven ports and visits to foreign dignitaries including the King of Siam, the Sultan of Lahej, Mussolini and the Pope. Organised by New York University professor, James Edwin Lough, and promising a ‘world education’ to its students, the venture was … Continue reading Great Gatsby Gap Year

Fictionalising History

By Dr. Jennie Jeppesen Those of us who study and write history find the subject fascinating even when the text is a little dry. But as the funding landscape changes, and historians are tasked more and more with impact beyond the ‘ivory tower’, we need to re-think how our books and articles are written. For instance, Kiera Lindsey and her book, The Convicts Daughter. This … Continue reading Fictionalising History