John Hirst (historian)

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John Hirst
Full name John Bradley Hirst
Born (1942-07-09) 9 July 1942 (age 73)
Adelaide, South Australia
Institutions La Trobe University
Alma mater University of Adelaide (BA, PhD)
Thesis Adelaide and the Country, 1870–1914: A Study of their Social and Political Relationship (1970)
Main interests
Australian history
Political history
Notable awards
Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (1986)

John Bradley Hirst FASSA (born 9 July 1942) is an Australian academic, historian, and commentator. He has also been described as a "historian, public intellectual, and active citizen".[1] 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.


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  1. ^ Donald Markwell, "Instincts to Lead": On Leadership, Peace, and Education, Connor Court, 2013.

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