Professor Peter Edwards

Professor Peter Edwards

Professor Edwards has published extensively in the history of Australian foreign and defence policies. As the Official Historian of Australia’s Involvement in Southeast Asian Conflicts 1948–1975, he was the author of the volumes dealing with politics, strategy and diplomacy, Crises and Commitments (1992) and A Nation at War (1997), and general editor of the nine-volume Official History. He is also the author of Australia and the Vietnam War (2014); Robert Marsden Hope and Australian Public Policy (2011); Arthur Tange: Last of the Mandarins (2006); Permanent Friends? Historical Reflections on the Australian-American Alliance (2005); and Prime Ministers and Diplomats (1983); the co-author of A School with a View (2010); the editor of Defence Policy-Making (2008) and Australia through American Eyes 1935-45 (1979); and the co-editor of Facing North vol 2. (2003) and the initial volumes of Documents on Australian Foreign Policy.

A Rhodes Scholar, Peter has held a Harkness Fellowship, based at Duke University in the United States, a Harold White Fellowship at the National Library; a Research Fellowship and a Visiting Fellowship at the Australian National University; a Visiting Scholarship at the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library; a Visiting Professorship at the University of New South Wales, Canberra; and a part-time professorship at Flinders University. Professor Edwards has worked extensively with a number of Commonwealth Government agencies, including the Australian War Memorial, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department of Defence, the National Library, the National Archives, and the Office of National Assessments. He is a long-standing member of the editorial advisory board of the Historical Documents Project in DFAT, and the Army Military History Advisory Committee.

Peter’s publications have been awarded the Queensland Premier’s Prize for History, the WA Premier’s Book Award for Non-Fiction, the Colin Roderick Award and H.T. Priestley Medal, the George Watson Prize and a short-listing for the National Biography Award. He is a Member of the Order of Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, and a former Trustee of the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne.


Professor Peter Edwards’ Book Review

Professor Peter Edwards’ Recent Conference Paper – August 2016

A Tribute to Professor Jeffrey Grey by Professor Peter Edwards – August 2016

CHRG Peter Edwards’ Recent Keynote Address – August 2016

Professor Peter  Edwards Appearing at Book Launch – April 2016

Professor Peter Edwards to give paper at Australian Prime Ministers Centre Seminar

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