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Member of CHRG and Deakin staff, Dr. Greg Burgess’ book, Refugees and the Promise of Asylum in Postwar France, 1945–1995 was recently published by Palgrave.
This book recounts France’s responses to refugees from the liberation of Paris in 1944 to the end of the civil wars in the former Yugoslavia in 1995. It questions whether France fulfilled the promise of asylum for those persecuted for the ‘cause of liberty’ made in its Constitution of 1946. Post-war development and the demand for immigrant workers were favourable to refugees from the Communist east, from Franco’s Spain, from Hungary after insurrection of 1956, and later from Latin America and Indochina. Asylum developed nationally in conjunction with international developments, the interventions of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the adoption of the 1951 Refugee Convention. Economic ruptures in the 1970s, however, and the appearance of refugees from Asia and Africa, led to the assertion of national priorities and brought about a sense of crisis, and questions about whether France could continue to fulfil its promise.
Further details can be accessed here.
Edited by David Lowe, Cassandra Atherton and Alyson Miller. and with a diversity of perspectives, The Unfinished Atomic Bomb: Shadows and Reflections is testament to the ways in which contemplations of the A-bomb are endlessly shifting, rarely fixed on the same point or perspective. The compilation of this book is significant in this regard, offering Japanese, American, Australian, and European perspectives. In doing so, the essays here represent a complex series of interpretations of the bombing of Hiroshima, and its implications both for history, and for the present day. From Kuznick’s extensive biographical account of the Hiroshima bomb pilot, Paul Tibbets, and contentious questions about the moral and strategic efficacy of dropping the A-bomb and how that has resonated through time, to Jacobs’ reflections on the different ways in which Hiroshima and its memorialization are experienced today, each chapter considers how this moment in time emerges, persistently, in public and cultural consciousness. The discussions here are often difficult, sometimes controversial, and at times oppositional, reflecting the characteristics of A-bomb scholarship more broadly. The aim is to explore the various ways in which Hiroshima is remembered, but also to consider the ongoing legacy and impact of atomic warfare, the reverberations of which remain powerfully felt.
Further details are available at Rowman and Littlefield .
David Lowe and Carola Lentz’s book Remembering Independence explores the commemoration and remembrance of independence following the great wave of decolonisation after the Second World War. Drawing on case studies from Africa, Asia, and with reference to the Pacific, the authors find that remembering independence was, and still is, highly dynamic. From flag-raising moments to the present day, the transfer of authority from colonial rule to independent nation-states has served as a powerful mnemonic focal point.
Further information regarding this book is located at Routledge.
Roy Hay’s book, Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century: They Did Not Come from Nowhere, was released on 19 February 2019 by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
CSP website link
If you open this link and then hit the View Extract tab you will have the first 30 pages of the book from which you will get a good sense of what it is about and can order it directly from the publisher if you wish. Australian bookshops can order it for you or the author can supply direct from Bannockburn if you contact him at roy[at]sesasport.com.au
Gideon Haigh, ‘Field reports yield seeds’, Weekend Australian, 20-1 April 2019, p. . https://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/books/field-reports-yield-seeds/news-story/fa904f4d5a5b46055516de882e376129
Bernard Whimpress, Newtown Review of Books, 23 May 2019,
Colin Ritchie, Almanac Book Review, 24 July 2019, https://www.footyalmanac.com.au/almanac-book-review-aboriginal-people-and-australian-football-in-the-nineteenth-century-they-did-not-come-from-nowhere-by-roy-hay/#comment-1107891
Robert Pascoe, ‘Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century: They Did Not Come from Nowhere’, The International Journal of the History of Sport, DOI: 10.1080/09523367.2019.1675036. Published online 16 October 2019, https://doi.org/10.1080/09523367.2019.1675036
Professor Paul Hetherington Moonlight on Oleander: Prose Poems was published by UWA Publishing in June 2018
Dr Mathew Tuner Historians at the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial: Their Role as Expert Witnesses was published by I.B.Tauris on 30 August 2018.
Edited by David McCooey and Maria Takolander
Selfless (The Atlas Review, 2016)
Allison Cadzow, Shino Konishi, Maria Nugent and Tiffany Shellam (eds.)
The League of Nations and the Refugees from Nazi Germany: James G. McDonald and Hitler’s Victims (Bloomsbury, 2016)
Shino Konishi, Maria Nugent and Tiffany Shellam (eds.)
Southern Anthropology: A History of Fison and Howitt’s ‘Kamilaroi and Kurnai’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)
Helen Gardner and Patrick McConvell
The Interior of Our Memories: A History of Melbourne’s Jewish Holocaust Centre (Hybrid Publishers, 2015)
Steven Cooke and Donna-Lee Frieze
The Sweetland Project: Remembering Gallipoli in the Shire of Nunawading (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2015)
Exhumed (Grand Parade Poets, 2015)
Cassandra Atherton (ed.)
Nigel Eltringham and Pam Maclean (eds.)
Bart Ziino (ed.)
In So Many Words: Interviews with Writers, Scholars and Intellectuals (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2014)
Australia and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty 1945-1974 (Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trading, 2013; New South Books, 2014)
David Lee and Wayne Reynolds (eds.)
David Lowe and Tony Joel
The Soviet Occupation of Germany: Hunger, Mass Violence and the Struggle for Peace, 1945-1947 (University of Melbourne, 2013)
Donna-Lee Frieze (ed.)
David Lee and James Cotton (eds.)
Bart Ziino and Martin Gegner (eds.)
Australia and Appeasement: Imperial Foreign Policy and the Origins of World War II (I. B. Tauris, 2011)
Christine Nixon with Jo Chandler