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Lessons from History: Leading historians tackle Australia's greatest challenges

Lessons from History: Leading historians tackle Australia's greatest challenges

In Lessons from History leading historians tackle the biggest challenges that face Australia and the world and show how the past provides context and knowledge that can guide us in the present. Does history repeat itself in meaningful ways, or is each problem unique? Does a knowledge of Australian history enhance our understanding of the present and prepare us for the future? Lessons from History is written with the conviction that we must see the world, and confront its many challenges, with an understanding of what has gone before. Leading historians including Yves Rees, Michelle Arrow, Mahsheed Ansari, Joan Beaumont, Claire Wright, and Frank Bongiorno tackle the biggest challenges that face Australia and the world—climate change, social cohesion, migration, our relationship with China, tensions in the federation, economic crisis, trade relations—and show how the past provides context and knowledge that can guide us in the present and future.

Introduction: Seeing the world with the past

Part I: How a Knowledge of History Makes Better Policy

Chapter 1. Writing the history of the future

Chapter 2. Learning the right lessons? Two policy stories

Chapter 3. Historians: Bridging the divide with policymakers

Part II: Lessons from History

Chapter 4. Making time for history: Climate change and detoxing from progress

Chapter 5. Urban water policy in a drying continent

Chapter 6. War with China: What can history teach us?

Chapter 7. Past as prologue: Repairing Australia’s trade relationship with China

Chapter 8. Foreign aid: Australia’s reputation at stake?

Chapter 9. An open door? Foreign investment and multinational companies

Chapter 10. Tackling inequality: Lessons from the postwar reconstruction

Chapter 11. Electricity problems? Call a historian. Learning from the history of electricity reform in Australia

Chapter 12. Governing during economic crisis: The importance of memory

Chapter 13. We need to hear the voices of refugees: Citizen engagement for reforming refugee policy

Chapter 14. The ‘Muslim Problem’ in Australia: The role of political leadership

Chapter 15. Why soldiers commit war crimes – and what we can do about it

Chapter 16. How can we fight the far right?

Chapter 17. The genie is out of the bottle: Self-determination and First Nations peoples of Australia

Chapter 18. Pipelines and catalysts: Lessons from the history of women in corporate leadership

Chapter 19. Beyond productivity: Working mothers and childcare policy

Chapter 20. Too much talk, not enough action? Federal government responses to domestic violence

Chapter 21. The neglected north: Developing Northern Australia from the south since 1901

Chapter 22. How to fix our federation

Conclusion: The history of the future

Notes

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