Jonathan King (historian)

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Jonathan Leslie Essington King (born 28 December 1942)[1] is an Australian historian, author and journalist. He has written 30 books in a 40-year career,[2] mostly on Australian history, including a number of works on the ANZACs. King has also written thousands of articles for Australian newspapers and magazines, produced and presented numerous television documentary films, and acted as resident historian on many radio programs.[3]

He holds a Ph.D in politics and history from the University of Melbourne.[4]

King is also an environmental campaigner, having held positions with the Australian Conservation Foundation and running several times for office as a Democrats and Greens candidate.[3]


Great Moments in Australian History[edit]

Great Moments in Australian History (2009) describes 66 events from the early colonial period through the Eureka Rebellion and Gallipoli to Kevin Rudd's apology to the "Stolen Generations".[5][6]

Great Battles in Australian History[edit]

Great Battles in Australian History (2011) runs from the Battle of Vinegar Hill through the Boer War and the many World War I and World War II battles involving Australians, before covering Korea, Vietnam, and Afghanistan.[7] It was praised by Weekly Times (Australia) for its organisation, explanation of the importance of battles, and the "immediacy and energy" of his descriptions of battles: although they found the content predictable the presentation was good.[8]

External links[edit]

Jonathan King website


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  2. ^ "Author Jonathan King aims to remember fallen diggers", Lydia Sawtell, Melbourne Leader, 11 November 2011
  3. ^ a b Green, Antony. "Mackellar". 2013 Australian Federal Election. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 
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  5. ^ Lachlan Hastings, "Great Moments in Australian History", Weekly Times, 24 March 2010
  6. ^ Jobbins, Lachlan. Great Moments in Australian History [Book Review] [online]. Bookseller + Publisher Magazine, Vol. 89, No. 4, Nov 2009: 39.
  7. ^ Michael E. Daniel, "Book review: From Vinegar Hill to the mountains of Afghanistan", News Weekly (Australia), 17 March 2012
  8. ^ Christopher Bantick, "Review: Great Battles in Australian History", Weekly Times (Australia), 25 April 2012