14 - The 1923 Victoria Police Strike Albert Isaacs – 1 session from 12.00 to 1.45 on Monday 2 September
This was Australia’s only police strike. What were the events, political and social, that led to the strike? What part did Sir John Monash play? How much looting was there? What were the other effects of the strike? What is the connection between the police strike and the Zoological Gardens’ horse tram?
16 – History Wars in Ukraine and Russia Prof Mark Edele – 1 session from 10.00 to 11.45 on Monday 16 September
In the successor states of the Soviet Union, history has become an ideological battleground again. Ukraine and Russia are at loggerheads with regards to the history of the Second World War as well as the history of the 1932-33 famines. This talk will sketch the basic positions historians and politicians have taken in this struggle over the past and will explain what is at stake for both sides and how historians from outside of the regions have been pulled into these often heated polemics.
39 - World War 2 in the Asia Pacific Dr Bill Breen – 8 weekly sessions from 2.00 to 3.45 on Tuesdays 1 October to 26 November (not 5 November)
The course begins with a discussion of Japan’s meteoric rise in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, its colonial ambitions particularly in China, the racist assumptions underlying that expansion, and the extraordinary decision to attack Pearl Harbor in December 1941. It then examines the reasons for the overwhelming success of the Japanese army in 1942 particularly the campaigns in Singapore, the Philippines and Burma and how that expansion was finally halted in New Guinea and on Guadalcanal and in the naval battles in the Coral Sea and Midway. The course will then focus on the American counter-offensives in 1944 and 1945 highlighting the bitter internal struggle over US strategy, the ferocity of the fighting, and the way in which technological innovation influenced strategy especially in the US Navy’s campaign in the Central Pacific. The course will conclude with a brief overview of the American occupation of Japan, the Tokyo war crime trials, and the tidal wave of political change unleashed in Asia by World War 2
57 – European Antipodean Explorers’ Birds Dr Patricia Bingham – 1 session from 2.00 to 3.45 on Wednesday 14 August
This talk is about the first European explorers (1600-1800) who visited the Antipodes; what birds they found (with quotations from their writings) and also the difficulties they and their contemporaries had in trying to identify what the birds were. They gave them names such as Anomalous Hornbill, Embroidered Merops, and Slender-billed Creeper (all of which are impossible biologically); and we also now know Australian “Robins” are not true Robins, nor Australian “Magpies” real Magpies. The upside down world is a strange place!
59 - Conversations in History Anthony Ash Convener – 7 fortnightly sessions from 12.15 to 1.45 on Wednesdays 4 September to 27 November
The format of each session is a presentation of something “historic" and a discussion. Sometimes the discussion may follow the presentation or more likely the presentation will be punctuated by the discussion. Each session runs for 45-90 minutes. Class members will suggest something historic and occasionally a speaker will be invited. Topics might be something serious such as the massacre of Indigenous people in Tasmania or something lighter such as the Fairy Tree in Fitzroy Gardens or the origins of Waltzing Matilda. The class will own its own momentum with members offering a topic and more people joining.
77 - A History of the Jews in America Assoc Prof Peter Schattner - 3 weekly sessions from 2.00 to 3.45 on Wednesdays 11 to 25 September
This short series of 3 lectures, surveys 350 years of Jewish life in the United States of America. The emphasis will be on the waves of immigration, Spanish Portugese, German and then Russian, followed by the adaptation of Jews to the American way of life. We will cover the following issues: Who came and why did they come? What were the challenges in settling in? What happened to their religious beliefs? How did and will the Jews maintain their identity as Jews, especially the secular ones? In brief, this will be about the history and the identity of Jews in America. Mention will be made of numerous people who showed significant leadership in one way or the other. The series comprises the 3 lectures, some handouts and opportunities for discussion.