John Hirst (historian)
John Hirst is an Australian academic, historian, and commentator. He has also been described as a "historian, public intellectual, and active citizen". He is an emeritus professor of history at La Trobe University, Melbourne.
Hirst undertook both his undergraduate and postgraduate training at the University of Adelaide. He has held a number of influential appointments during the course of his career, including being appointed a member of the Prime Minister's Republic Advisory Committee, the chair of the Commonwealth Civics Education Group, a member of the Film Australia Board, and a council member of the National Museum of Australia. He was elected to the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in 1986.
Hirst has published a variety of articles, chapters and books, mainly on Australian social, cultural and political history. He has also contributed many articles and commentaries to leading Australian newspapers and journals.
- Adelaide and the Country, 1870-1917 (1973) ISBN 9780522840452
- Convict Society and Its Enemies: A History of Early New South Wales (1983) ISBN 978-0-86861-349-9
- The Strange Birth of Colonial Democracy: New South Wales, 1848-1884 (1988) ISBN 9780043271001
- The Sentimental Nation: The Making of the Australian Commonwealth (2001) ISBN 978-0-19550-620-4
- Australia’s Democracy: A Short History (2003) ISBN 978-1-86508-845-7
- QE 17 'Kangaroo Court': Family Law in Australia (2005) ISBN 978-1-86395-341-2
- Sense and Nonsense in Australian History (2006) ISBN 978-0-9775949-3-1
- The Australians: Insiders and Outsiders on the National Character since 1770 (2007) ISBN 978-1-86395-408-2
- The Shortest History of Europe (2009) ISBN 978-1-86395-439-6
- Looking for Australia (2010) ISBN 978-1-86395-486-0
- Australian History in 7 Questions (2014) ISBN 9781863956703
- Donald Markwell, "Instincts to Lead": On Leadership, Peace, and Education, Connor Court, 2013. http://www.connorcourt.com/catalog1/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=256
- Hirst's profile at La Trobe University
- Donald Markwell, "Instincts to Lead": On Leadership, Peace, and Education, Connor Court, 2103. http://www.connorcourt.com/catalog1/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=256
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