Bibliography of Australian history

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This is a bibliography of selected publications on the history of Australia.

Reference books[edit]

  • Barker, Anthony. What Happened When: A Chronology of Australia from 1788. Allen & Unwin. 2000. online edition
  • Bambrick, Susan ed. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Australia (1994)
  • Barker, Anthony. What Happened When: A Chronology of Australia from 1788. Allen & Unwin. 2000. online edition
  • Basset, Jan. The Oxford Illustrated Dictionary of Australian History (1998)
  • Davison, Graeme, John Hirst, and Stuart Macintyre, eds. The Oxford Companion to Australian History (2001) online at many academic libraries; also excerpt and text search
  • Day, Alan. Historical Dictionary of the Discovery and Exploration of Australia. Scarecrow, 2003. 321 pp.
  • Docherty, J. C. Historical Dictionary of Australia (2007) (2001);
  • Galligan, Brian, and Winsome Roberts, eds. Oxford Companion to Australian Politics (2007); online at many academic libraries
  • Lewis, Wendy, Simon Balderstone and John Bowan (2006). Events That Shaped Australia. New Holland. ISBN 978-1-74110-492-9. 
  • O'Shane, Pat et al. Australia: The Complete Encyclopedia (2001)
  • Serle. Percival, ed. Dictionary of Australian Biography (1949) online edition
  • Shaw, John, ed. Collins Australian Encyclopedia (1984)
  • Taylor, Peter. The Atlas of Australian History (1991)
  • The Year-book of the Imperial Institute of the United Kingdom, the colonies and India: a statistical record of the resources and trade of the colonial and Indian possessions of the British Empire (2nd. ed. 1893) 880pp; Australia = pp 521–718 online edition

Surveys[edit]

  • Atkinson, Alan. The Europeans in Australia: A History. Vol. 2: Democracy. (2005). 440 pp.
  • Basset, Jan. The Oxford Illustrated Dictionary of Australian History (1998)
  • Bolton, Geoffrey. The Oxford History of Australia: Volume 5: 1942-1995. The Middle Way (2005)
  • Clark, Manning. A History of Australia 6 vol (Melbourne University Press, 1962, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1981, and 1987)
  • Clarke, Frank G. The History of Australia (2002). online edition
  • Day, David. Claiming a Continent: A New History of Australia (2001);
  • Hughes, Robert. The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia’s Founding (1988). excerpt and text search
  • Kingston, Beverley. The Oxford History of Australia: Volume 3: 1860-1900 Glad, Confident Morning (1993)
  • Kociumbas, Jan. The Oxford History of Australia: Volume 2: 1770-1860 Possessions (1995)
  • Macintyre, Stuart. The Oxford History of Australia: Volume 4: 1901-42, the Succeeding Age (1993)
  • Macintyre, Stuart. A Concise History of Australia (2nd. ed. 2009) excerpt and text search ISBN 0-521-60101-0
  • Schreuder, Deryck, and Stuart Ward, eds. Australia's Empire (Oxford History of the British Empire Companion Series) (2008) excerpt and text search
  • Welsh, Frank. Australia: A New History of the Great Southern Land (2008)

Specialty studies[edit]

  • Alomes, Stephen. A Nation at Last? The Changing Character of Australian Nationalism (1988)
  • Atkinson, Alan. The Europeans in Australia: A History. Vol. 2: Democracy. Oxford U. Pr., 2005. 440 pp.
  • Crowley; F. K. Australia's Western Third: A History of Western Australia from the First Settlements to Modern Times 1960 online edition
  • Davison, Graeme, John Hirst, and Stuart Macintyre, eds. The Oxford Companion to Australian History (2001) onloine at OUP also excerpt and text search
  • Day, David. Reluctant Nation: Australia and the Allied Defeat of Japan 1942-45 (1992),
  • Goodall, Heather. Invasion to Embassy: Land in Aboriginal Politics in New South Wales, 1770–1972 (Allen&Unwin, 1996)
  • Davison, Graeme, John Hirst, and Stuart Macintyre, eds. The Oxford Companion to Australian History, (2001) excerpt and text search
  • Edwards, John. Curtin's Gift: Reinterpreting Australia's Greatest Prime Minister, (2005) online edition
  • Hughes, Robert. The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia’s Founding (1988). excerpt and text search
  • Keith, Arthur Berriedale (1921). War government of the British dominions. , First World War
  • Kingston, Beverley. The Oxford History of Australia: Volume 3: 1860-1900 Glad, Confident Morning (1993)
  • Kociumbas, Jan. The Oxford History of Australia: Volume 2: 1770-1860 Possessions (1995)
  • Lowe, David. Menzies and the 'Great World Struggle': Australia's Cold War 1948-54 (1999) online edition
  • Macintyre, Stuart. The Oxford History of Australia: Volume 4: 1901-42, the Succeeding Age (1993)
  • Macintyre, Stuart. A Concise History of Australia (2004) excerpt and text search
  • McLachlan, Noel. Waiting for the Revolution: A History of Australian Nationalism (1989)
  • Martin, A. W. Robert Menzies: A Life (2 vol 1993-99), online at ACLS e-books
  • Reynolds, Henry. The Other Side of the Frontier: Aboriginal Resistance to the European Invasion of Australia (1990).
  • Ward, Smart. Australia and the British Embrace: The Demise of the Imperial Ideal (2001)

Recent political history (since 1939)[edit]

  • Bolton, Geoffrey. The Oxford History of Australia: Volume 5: 1942-1995. The Middle Way (2005)
  • Edwards, John. Curtin's Gift: Reinterpreting Australia's Greatest Prime Minister, (2005) online edition
  • Kelly, Paul. The End of Certainty: Power, Politics & Business in Australia (2008); originally published as The End of Certainty: The Story of the 1980s (1994)
  • Martin, A. W. Robert Menzies: A Life (2 vol 1993-99), online at ACLS e-books
  • Megalogenis, George. The Longest Decade (2nd ed. 2009), politics 1990-2008
  • Moran, Anthony. Australia: Nation, Belonging, and Globalization Routledge, 2004 online edition

Diplomacy and military[edit]

  • Australian War Memorial. Encyclopedia online with scores of topics
  • Bou, Jean. Light Horse: A History of Australia's Mounted Arm (Australian Army History Series) (2009)
  • Bridge, Carl ed., Munich to Vietnam: Australia's Relations with Britain and the United States since the 1930s, Melbourne University Press 1991
  • Dennis, Peter, Jeffrey Grey, Ewan Morris, and Robin Prior. The Oxford Companion to Australian Military History. 1996)
  • Firth, Stewart. Australia in International Politics: An Introduction to Australian Foreign Policy (2005) online edition
  • Grant, Ian. A Dictionary of Australian Military History - from Colonial Times to the Gulf War (1992)
  • Gyngell; Allan, and Michael Wesley. Making Australian Foreign Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2003) online
  • Lee, David. Search for Security: The Political Economy of Australia's Postwar Foreign and Defence Policy (1995)
  • Lowe, David. Menzies and the 'Great World Struggle': Australia's Cold War 1948-54 (1999) online edition
  • McLean, David. "From British Colony to American Satellite? Australia and the USA during the Cold War," Australian Journal of Politics & History" (2006) 52 (1), 64–79. Rejects satellite model. online at Blackwell-Synergy
  • McLean, David. "Australia in the Cold War: a Historiographical Review." International History Review (2001) 23(2): 299-321. Issn: 0707-5332
  • Murphy, John. Harvest of Fear: A History of Australia's Vietnam War (1993)
  • Watt, Alan. The Evolution of Australian Foreign Policy 1938–1965, Cambridge University Press, 1967

Second World War[edit]

Homefront[edit]

  • Hasluck, Paul The Government and the People, 1939-41 (1965) online vol 1; The Government and the People, 1942-45 (1970) online vol 2
  • Butlin, S.J. War Economy, 1939-42 (1955) online
  • Butlin, S.J. and C.B. Schedvin, War Economy 1942–1945, (1977) online
  • Darian-Smith, Kate. On the Home Front: Melbourne in Wartime, 1939-1945. Australia: Oxford UP, 1990.
  • Mellor, D.P. The Role of Science and Industry (1958) online
  • Saunders, Kay. War on the Homefront: State Intervention in Queensland, 1938-1948 (1993)

Economics, business and labour[edit]

  • Bramble, Tom. Trade Unionism in Australia: A History from Flood to Ebb Tide (2008) excerpt and text search
  • Clark, Victor S. "Australian Economic Problems. I. The Railways," Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 22, No. 3 (May, 1908), pp. 399-451 in JSTOR, history to 1907
  • Hearn, Mark, Harry Knowles, and Ian Cambridge. One Big Union: A History of the Australian Workers Union 1886-1994 (1998)
  • Kirk, Neville. Labour and the Politics of Empire: Britain and Australia, 1900 to the Present (Studies in Imperialism) (2011)

Culture[edit]

  • Bennett, Bruce et al. The Oxford Literary History of Australia (1999)
  • Bennett, Tony, and David Carter. Culture in Australia: Policies, Publics and Programs (2001) excerpt and text search
  • Carey, Hilary. Believing in Australia: A Cultural History of Religions (1996)
  • Kleinert, Sylvia. and Margo Neale. The Oxford Companion to Aboriginal Art and Culture (2001)
  • Moran, Albert. Historical Dictionary of Australian Radio and Television (2007)
  • Webby, Elizabeth, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Australian Literature (2006)

Environment and geography[edit]

  • Dunlap, Thomas R. Nature and the English Diaspora: Environment and History in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand (Studies in Environment and History) (1999)
  • Garden, Donald S., and Mark R. Stoll. Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific: An Environmental History (Nature and Human Societies) (2005)
  • Hutton, Drew, and Libby Connors. History of the Australian Environment Movement (1999) excerpt and text search
  • Lines, William J. Taming the Great South Land: A History of the Conquest of Nature in Australia (1999)

Historiography[edit]

  • Attwood, Bain, and Fiona Magowan. Telling Stories: Indigenous History and Memory in Australia and New Zealand (2001) online edition
  • Bongiorno, Frank. "'Real Solemn History' and Its Discontents: Australian Political History and the Challenge of Social History," Australian Journal of Politics and History (2010) 56#1 pp 6+ online edition
  • Coombes, Annie E. Rethinking Settler Colonialism: History and Memory in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa (Studies in Imperialism) (2006)
  • Davison, Graeme. The Use and Abuse of Australian History (2000) online edition
  • Hirst, John, and Stuart Macintyre, eds, The Oxford Companion to Australian History (Melbourne, 1998); many articles have a historiographical component
  • McIntyre, Stuart. The History Wars (2nd ed. 2004)
  • McIntyre, Stuart, and Julian Thomas, eds, The Discovery of Australian History 1890-1939 (Carlton, Vic., 1995)
  • McLean, David. "Australia in the Cold War: A Historiographical Review", The International History Review, Vol. 23, 2 (June 2001)
  • McQueen, Humphrey. Gallipoli to Petrov: Arguing with Australian History (1984),
  • Meaney, Neville. "Britishness and Australian Identity: The Problem of Nationalism in Australian History and Historiography", Australian Historical Studies, Vol. 32, 116 (April 2001),
  • Nugent, Maria. Botany Bay: Where Histories Meet (2005) online edition
  • Waterhouse, Richard. "Locating the New Social History: transnational historiography and Australian local history", Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society (2009) 95#1 pp. 1-17.

Primary sources[edit]

  • Kemp, Rod, and Marion Stanton, eds. Speaking for Australia: Parliamentary Speeches That Shaped Our Nation Allen & Unwin, 2004 online edition
  • Crowley, Frank, ed. Modern Australia in Documents, 1939-1970 (1973) Wren Publishing, Melbourne. ISBN 0-85885-033-X