Department of History
The Department of History offers undergraduate and postgraduate coursework and research study in a variety of fields, primarily the history of Europe (from the Middle Ages to contemporary Europe and especially the history of Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain), Australia, the United States and the Atlantic world, and China. Particularly strong in the department’s research and teaching are the history of imperialism, colonialism and globalisation; international, trans-national and diplomatic history; urban history (Sydney, New York, London and Paris); social and cultural history; the history of gender and sexuality; the history of medicine and health; the history of war (the American Revolution, the US Civil War, the Spanish Civil War, colonial wars, the world wars); the history of genocide; and study of the ‘history wars’ and history and memory. Members of the department also work on such topics as the history of African-Americans, the history of South Africa and the South Pacific, China’s economy and politics, maritime history, the history of travel and tourism, Celtic history, the history of monasticism, biography and historiography. The department prides itself on its research-led and student-centred teaching, and on its outstanding record of international scholarly publication. Collaborative interests link the department to the disciplines of Classics and Ancient History, Gender Studies and Cultural Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, American Studies, European Studies, Jewish Studies, Arabic Studies and Asian Studies.
Founded in 1891, the Department of History at the University of Sydney is the oldest in Australia, and with almost forty members of the academic staff, it is also the largest. Each semester the department has over two thousand enrolments in History undergraduate units of study, and each year between fifty and sixty students complete honours degrees. At present, around eighty students are enrolled for postgraduate MA, MPhil or PhD degree.
Dr Sophie Loy-Wilson from the Department of History will travel to China to explore the private Shanghai archives of a Chinese-Australian socialite, thanks to a new fellowship made possible by a donation to the Faculty.
Dr Loy-Wilson, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Laureate Program in International History, is the inaugural recipient of the Australasian Pioneers' Club International Fellowship for Early Career Researchers.
Professor James Der Derian discusses historian Barbara Tuchman's book on the WWI "The Guns of August" on ABC Radio
Barbara Tuchman's The Guns of August was a suprisingly popular book that won the Pulitzer prize after its publication in 1962. in it, Tuchman describes in great detail the opening events of the WWI conflict. So, what were the effects and lessons learned from this major world event? CISS Director, Professor James Der Derian, was interviewed about the significance of The Guns of August for contemporary global politics. Margaret MacMillan, Professor of History at St. Anthony's College in Oxford, and Anthony D'Agostino, Professor of History at San Francisco State University, were also among those interviewed.
'“Like seeing a house on fire in slow motion”: The painful destruction of the Great Barrier reef': Iain McCalman's new book, The Reef, offers a riveting account of the World Heritage Site's tragic demise – Read the review by Osha Gray in Salon.
As the centenary of the Gallipoli landings approaches Australians need to consider the other half of the ANZAC acronym. The rise of Anzac Day as Australia’s national day has been paralleled by the increasing importance of Anzac Day in New Zealand. Read Mark McKenna's analysis in The Conversation
‘Miss Swan’s Bad Language’: Chris Hilliard - 3 September 2014
Why Economics Matters To Historians, Past and Future - 28 November 2014