Norfolk Island has always had a strained relationship with mainland Australia – and the repeal of self-governance may intensify that strain.
AAP Image/Dean Lewins
Federal parliament has passed legislation that removes Norfolk Island's self-government but strong local views about the tiny island's independence have deep historical roots.
Holding back the tide.
Six hundred years separate two post-election protests, but the issues at hand are strangely similar and the mistakes too easily repeated.
Captain Kidd in New York Harbor, Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, 1920.
Treasure belonging to the notorious pirate Captain Kidd has been found in Madagascar.
When Vladimir Putin reviews the troops marking the 70th anniversary of Russia’s victory of Nazism, he won’t have many leaders of democratic nations to accompany him.
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Victory over Nazi Germany is one unambiguously positive accomplishment of the 20th century; and yet, constructing a positive narrative about the Soviet second world war has proven hard – largely because there are some stubborn facts to contend with.
Robert Menzies meets the US defence secretary, Robert McNamara, at the Pentagon in 1964, the year before committing Australia to the escalating war.
Wikimedia Commons/PHC/Ralph Seghers
The anniversary of Menzies' fateful decision to commit troops to the escalating war in Vietnam marks a turning point that is at least as significant as the Gallipoli landings for Australia today.
In some parts of Australia, cattle properties have been hand over to the traditional owners, but for others the return of their land seems further away than ever.
The company built by 'Cattle King' Sidney Kidman is for sale. He enjoyed good relations with the Indigenous inhabitants, but proper recognition of their rights to their land seems ever more elusive.
A French field kitchen in use by the French troops within half a mile of the Turkish lines on the southern section of Gallipoli Peninsula, 1915.
As Australians commemorate the Anzacs who died at Gallipoli, spare a thought for the 10,000 French soldiers who also died on the Dardanelles in the first world war.
Powerful waves of nationalist sentiment have endured since the second world war and continue to pose difficulties for the leaders of Japan and China.
The fog of the second world war and the murkiness of the post-war settlement laid the contours of Asia's complex and uncertain strategic landscape.
Pukara, Roy Underwood, Lennard Walker, Simon Hogan and Ian Rictor, Acrylic on canvas, Western Australia, 2013.
© the artists, courtesy Spinifex Arts Project
The exhibition inevitably raises the ugly head of the Elgin Marbles – but all this noise drowns out the quiet activism of the show itself.
The recent concentration on Victoria Cross heroes as major ‘carriers’ of the Anzac legend has skewed Australian military history.
Australians now seem so fascinated by the Victoria Cross that such attention has begun to get in the way of a balanced perspective on its place in military history.
The Gallipoli campaign is frequently celebrated as the ‘birth’ of Australia as a nation, but were we already well on our way?
Every country has its most symbolic year from each of the world wars, and can trace the consequences of the bloodletting that accompanied the global realignment of the last century.
We don’t send as many letters these days but, as historians know, there’s nothing quite as resilient.
Australians might now prefer to send emails over private letters but let's not overlook the letter’s unique, tactile role, particularly in its most intimate expressions.
Archival photographs such as the above, from Gallipoli, are one resource documentary makers draw upon to communicate understandings of historical events.
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War history used to be brought to TV audiences by donnish lecturers but historical reconstructions now hold sway. Two recent docos about Gallipoli are hybrid examples of the form that help us better understand the past.
As the Royal Irish Rifles fought at the Somme in 1916, the war was shaping epochal events at home.
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Local loyalties, differences and antagonisms were everywhere affected and often amplified by the advent of the first world war.
The ancient city of Hatra.
It was in Mesopotamia that the world's first cities emerged, along with the invention of writing and the codification of laws.
The cast of BBC Radio 4’s adaptation.
Tolstoy’s celebrated novel War and Peace has recently been enjoying some fresh attention thanks to a number of adaptations. BBC Radio 4 broadcast a ten-part adaptation of the novel. Later this year, the…
Dykes on Bikes have been opening the Sydney Mardi Gras since 1988.
Dykes on Bikes have been starting Sydney's Mardi Gras parade since 1988 – and many for many participants, the yearly ride to Sydney is as important as the parade itself.
Joshua Connor (Russell Crowe) and Major Hasan (Yilmaz Erdogan) in a scene from The Water Diviner.
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Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner has been criticised for its historical inaccuracies – but it shouldn't be dismissed out of hand.
Joseph Beaume, Napoleon Bonaparte leaving Elba, 26 February 1815.
On February 26, 200 years ago, Napoleon escaped from exile on the island of Elba. In some ways, this moment was more important than his eventual fall.
Linnaeus Tripe, Front of the Mundapum at Secundermalie, 1858.
© Wilson Centre for Photography
The Tate's latest exhibition goes some way towards freeing the history of photography from the artistic canon.