Agora 2016-2 The Cold War

The Cold War | Agora vol. 51 no. 2 (2016)

The Cold War

Agora vol. 51 no. 2 (2016)

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Editorial Alan Tiller

President's Introduction Ashley Wood

Reflections on the theme

Why Should Historical Thinking Matter to Students?
Associate Professor Stéphane Lévesque

Students who develop historical thinking skills are better able to question the value of historical narratives, examine their own preconceived historical ideas and sense of belonging, and ultimately generate their own stories of the past based on scholarly rules of argument.

Environmental History and the Port Phillip Frontier
Emeritus Professor Richard Broome

Two radically different ideas of land – Aboriginal and settler – clashed in Port Phillip, and the clash was mighty as the land was the prize to be lost or won.

War Without End: Cold War Ideology, POWs and the Unfinished Korean War
Professor Tessa Morris-Suzuki

The first great hot war within the Cold War, the Korean War was an international war fought out on the soil of a single country. More than sixty years on, a true end to the Korean War has yet to be attained.

Countering Communism: Propaganda in the Early Cold War
Professor Phillip Deery

How was anti-communist propaganda used by the British government to fight the Cold War?

The 1972 Sino–American Rapprochement and the Role of Personal Diplomacy in Transforming the Cold War
Associate Professor Barbara Keys

How did personal diplomacy enable and shape the transformation of the Cold War wrought by the Sino-American rapprochement of the 1970s?

The Cold War and Popular Culture
Dr Erin Ihde

How can we use popular culture as a historical source to learn about the Cold War?

The Birth of Modern Science: Science as a Grand Cathedral
Professor Ofer Gal

The history of science is like a cathedral: a grand human achievement of many hands; magnificent yet imperfect; purposeful yet contingent. The following article is an extract from the first chapter of a textbook soon to be published by Cambridge University Press titled The Origins of Modern Science: From Antiquity to the Scientific Revolution.

Teaching ideas

Red Versus Blue: Cold War Games
Monique Palmer

How can tabletop games deepen student understanding of the Cold War?

Using Video Games in Teaching History
Rabbi Yoel Doron

Video games provide a rich and rewarding experience for history students, allowing them to realise the many forces that underpin historical events.

Developing Historical Understanding in the Primary Classroom
Mandi Dimitriadis

How can primary teachers apply the concept of significance in the Australian Curriculum to help develop students’ historical understanding?

Interactive History at the National Sports Museum
Dr Jo Clyne

New learning resources developed for the National Sports Museum in Melbourne can help students appreciate sport as a medium for reflecting Australia’s cultural and social history.


Australian Geographic History Series
Reviewed by Jane Moylan, graduate History/English teacher, Australian Catholic University

The Savage Shore
by Graham Seal
Reviewed by Tony Ward, Mount Alexander College, Flemington

The Boy at the Top of the Mountain
by John Boyne
Reviewed by Sara Taylor

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