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'Explores in fresh and innovative ways the perennial question - what is history?, and takes the reader on a wonderful journey that starts with the Greeks and travels through the centuries to more recent forms of history that are framed by Marxism, postmodernism and feminism.' --National Library of Australia, catalogue record.

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A Breeze Blows, or It Doesn’t Blow: History’s Beckonings Roanna Gonsalves , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Long Paddock , vol. 78 no. 2 2018;

'I wanted it to be true. I wanted it to be true because it was there in the primary sources. It was there in the journals and the biographies: slaves bought and sold in India, in Arabia. The trans-Indian Ocean slave trade and the slave trade within India that passed by other names. Black men bought and sold them. Brown men bought and sold them. White men were sometimes good to do business with. Governor Lachlan Macquarie bought two of them. He says so himself. All the biographers have tracked this down. Centuries pass. The memory of slavery chooses its own path and changes form with every age. My friend in Kochi says slavery ended when the Dutch period ended. The British freed all the slaves. It’s a factual flaw, he says, in response to my enquiry about the slave trade in 1795. As for Lachlan Macquarie, a man who would be Governor, he knew what he was doing.' (Introduction)

Fictorians : Historians Who ‘Lie’ about the Past, and Like It Christine de Matos , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT Special Issue Website Series , April no. 28 2015;
Crossing Over : Academic and Popular History Ann Curthoys , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Journal of Popular Culture , 16 February vol. 1 no. 1 2012; (p. 7-18)
'This article considers the divide between popular and academic history, especially as perceived by popular and academic historians. It argues that the two forms of history, though clearly connected to one another, have different priorities and audiences. In particular, where academic historians prize originality of research, popular historians will tend to prize powerful storytelling. The article suggests that popular historians could acknowledge more handsomely that many do owe their debt to the research findings of academic historians, while in their turn academic historians have much to learn from popular historians about how to communicate the pleasures and importance of understanding the past.' (Author's abstract p. 7)
Fictionalising History on Film : The Case of 'The Chant of Jmiie Blacksmith' Darrel Killen , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , November vol. 54 no. 11 2010; (p. 113 -115)
Must Film Be Fiction? Ann McGrath , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Griffith Review , Winter no. 24 2009; (p. 189-199)
Untitled A. L. Scurry , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Antithesis , vol. 17 no. 2007; (p. 194-197)

— Review of Is History Fiction? Ann Curthoys , John Docker , 2005 single work criticism
When 'History Changes Who We Were' Alice Healy , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , vol. 23 no. 4 2008; (p. 481-488)

— Review of Searching for the Secret River Kate Grenville , 2006 single work criticism ; The History Question : Who Owns the Past? Inga Clendinnen , 2006 single work essay ; Agamemnon's Kiss : Selected Essays Inga Clendinnen , 2006 selected work essay ; Is History Fiction? Ann Curthoys , John Docker , 2005 single work criticism
Book Reviews Adrian Jones , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: History Australia , August vol. 5 no. 2 2008; (p. 57.1-57.3)

— Review of Is History Fiction? Ann Curthoys , John Docker , 2005 single work criticism
Fictionalising History on Film : The Case of 'The Chant of Jmiie Blacksmith' Darrel Killen , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , November vol. 54 no. 11 2010; (p. 113 -115)
Must Film Be Fiction? Ann McGrath , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Griffith Review , Winter no. 24 2009; (p. 189-199)
Crossing Over : Academic and Popular History Ann Curthoys , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Journal of Popular Culture , 16 February vol. 1 no. 1 2012; (p. 7-18)
'This article considers the divide between popular and academic history, especially as perceived by popular and academic historians. It argues that the two forms of history, though clearly connected to one another, have different priorities and audiences. In particular, where academic historians prize originality of research, popular historians will tend to prize powerful storytelling. The article suggests that popular historians could acknowledge more handsomely that many do owe their debt to the research findings of academic historians, while in their turn academic historians have much to learn from popular historians about how to communicate the pleasures and importance of understanding the past.' (Author's abstract p. 7)
Fictorians : Historians Who ‘Lie’ about the Past, and Like It Christine de Matos , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT Special Issue Website Series , April no. 28 2015;
A Breeze Blows, or It Doesn’t Blow: History’s Beckonings Roanna Gonsalves , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Long Paddock , vol. 78 no. 2 2018;

'I wanted it to be true. I wanted it to be true because it was there in the primary sources. It was there in the journals and the biographies: slaves bought and sold in India, in Arabia. The trans-Indian Ocean slave trade and the slave trade within India that passed by other names. Black men bought and sold them. Brown men bought and sold them. White men were sometimes good to do business with. Governor Lachlan Macquarie bought two of them. He says so himself. All the biographers have tracked this down. Centuries pass. The memory of slavery chooses its own path and changes form with every age. My friend in Kochi says slavery ended when the Dutch period ended. The British freed all the slaves. It’s a factual flaw, he says, in response to my enquiry about the slave trade in 1795. As for Lachlan Macquarie, a man who would be Governor, he knew what he was doing.' (Introduction)

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