Publication Date: Feb 2019
RRP: $34.95
ISBN: 9781925835069
Format: Paperback
Size: 153mm x 234mm
Pages: 272
Category: Australian History, History

Contesting Australian History

Essays in Honour of Marilyn Lake

Edited by Joy Damousi and Judith Smart

One of Australia’s leading scholars and a highly distinguished professor of history, Marilyn Lake forged a career that spanned several decades across a number of universities. Her books and other scholarly writings have significantly advanced our understandings not only of Australian social, cultural and political history but also of the interdependence of that history with those of Britain, the US and the Asia–Pacific.

Lake’s intellectual endeavours have encompassed many subjects over her illustrious career. She has made significant contributions to multiple fields including the impact of war and the history of Anzac, the history of feminism and women’s history, gender, post-colonialism, race relations and racial identities, transnationalism and internationalism, human rights, biography, labour history, progressivist social reform, and settler colonialism.

The chapters in this book span the breadth of Lake’s scholarly influence on the directions historical research is taking today, and are based on papers by Australian colleagues and scholars presented at a Festschrift held at the University of Melbourne over two days in December 2016.

Lake has made an outstanding contribution to the history discipline, to the Australian academy, and to the community in promoting Australian history nationally and internationally. This volume is a tribute to her work and a recognition of her enduring influence and leadership in the profession.


  • Graeme Davison
  • Stephen Garton
  • Kate Laing
  • Liz Conor
  • Roland Burke
  • Mark McKenna
  • John Maynard
  • Victoria Haskins
  • Tim Rowse
  • Henry Reynolds
  • Samia Khatun
  • Sophie Loy-Wilson
  • Ian Tyrrell
  • Warwick Anderson
  • Clare Corbould

Joy Damousi and Judith Smart

Joy Damousi is Professor of History and ARC Laureate Fellow at the University of Melbourne. She has published widely on aspects of women’s history, the aftermaths of war, and the history of migration and refugees. Her current research is on a history of child refugees and Australian internationalism during the twentieth century. She is President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and President of the Australian Historical Association.

Judith Smart, Adjunct Professor at RMIT University, is Deputy Chair of the History Council of Victoria. She co-edits the Victorian Historical Journal with Richard Broome, co-authored with Marian Quartly Respectable Radicals: A History of the National Council of Women of Australia 1896–2006, and co-edited with Shurlee Swain The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia.