Transnationalism, Nationalism and Australian History

  • Anna Clark
  • Anne Rees
  • Alecia Simmonds

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Alecia Simmonds, Anne Rees, Anna Clark
    Pages 1-14
  3. Crossing Borders: New Transnational Histories

  4. National Histories in an Age of Transnationalism

  5. Intimacy and Transnationalism: Reading Vernacular Histories

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 191-199

About this book


In recent years History's ‘national narrative’ has been powerfully challenged by transnational and international debates. Using Australian history as a case study, this collection draws on leading contributions from academics and public intellectuals to explore the ways national identities still resonate in historical scholarship and reexamines key moments in Australian history, with a transnational lens, raising important questions about the unique context of Australia’s national narrative.

The book examines the tension between national and transnational perspectives, attempting to internationalise the often parochial nation-based narratives that characterise national history, such as the history wars or the glorification of the Anzac Legend, whilst bearing in mind the limits of transnational histories in a national setting.

Moving from the local and personal to the global, encompassing comparative and international research and drawing on the experiences of researchers working across nations and communities, this collection brings together diverging national and transnational approaches and asks several critical research questions: What is transnational history? How do new transnational readings of the past challenge conventional national narratives and approaches? What are implications of transnational and international approaches on Australian history? What possibilities do they bring to the discipline? What are their limitations? And finally, how do we understand the nation in this transnational moment?


Transnational narratives and Australian History Australia and China: Cultural Histories Writing National History National and transnational perspectives Australian history and historiography Indigenous Transnational Histories History and the Asia Pacific World Women’s History and Transnationalism

Editors and affiliations

  • Anna Clark
    • 1
  • Anne Rees
    • 2
  • Alecia Simmonds
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Technology SydneySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.La Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.Faculty of LawUniversity of Technology SydneySydneyAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages History
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-5016-9
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-5017-6
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