Agora 2017-4 The Making of the Modern World

The Making of the Modern World | Agora vol. 52 no. 4 (2017)

The Making of the Modern World

Agora vol. 52 no. 4 (2017)

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Editorial Dr Jo Clyne

President's Introduction Dr Rosalie Triolo

Original research

Indigenous Perspectives: Controversy in the History Classroom?
Aleryk Fricker

This article discusses the ‘browning’ of the history classroom and the role of history teachers in challenging the ‘Great Australian Silence.’

Reflections on the theme

The Man Who Carried the Nation’s Grief: James Malcolm Lean and the Great War Letters
Carol Rosenhain

Using extracts from her recently published book The Man Who Carried the Nation’s Grief, Carol Rosenhain explores the unheralded work of Major James Lean in the establishment and maintenance of Base Records during World War I and his correspondence with the families of soldiers eager for information about the fate of their loved ones.

‘Love at First Sight’: Marriages That Changed Our Modern World
Rebecca Fleming

Cases involving Australian women who married Italian prisoners of war demonstrate how representations from individuals helped influence a change in government policy.

The Art of Being Seen: Globalisation and Australian Graffiti
Jolanta Nowak

How might Australian graffiti, a prime example of the influence of the United States on Australian popular culture, be understood as part of a global phenomenon, while also expressive of localised community identities?

Child Migration from the United Kingdom
Ann Howard

Using material from her forthcoming book The Kindness of Stangers, Ann Howard discusses aspects of the history behind the phenomenon of child migration from the United Kingdom, and shares some first-hand experiences from children who were sent to Australia.

Teaching ideas

When Writing History Becomes Doing History
Nick Kopitschinski

How do students make their historical thinking explicit to their readers and themselves?

Rights and Freedoms: The United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as Global Education
Alexandra Edge and Sophie Arnold

Australia played an active role in the creation of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As Australia and the international community grapple with a number of human rights concerns, the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) Victoria is offering opportunities for students to take part in UN-related educational programs aimed at encouraging them to think critically and engage with contentious global issues.

Behind the Lines – Shedding a Light on Our Democracy
Fiona Bowen

Using political cartoons to help students learn about society.

Tips for Teaching About the Industrial Revolution
Rabbi Yoel Doron

The Industrial Revolution ushered in an era of great change that shaped the way we live today. Following are some examples of activities that allow students to explore and engage with this important period in history.

The Industrial Revolution – Opposing Viewpoints in English Society
Kaye De Petro

An activity for Year 9 students studying the Industrial Revolution.

Captain Cook and the Endeavour Voyage: Lesson Plan (Year 4)
Kym Smith

A lesson plan on Captain Cook and the Endeavour voyage for Year 4 students.

Activities and Resources for Shogunate Japan
Miriam Meehan

This article, based on presentations given by the author over the last five years, provides teachers with a number of useful classroom activities and resources relating to Shogunate Japan.


A Practical Guide to Studying History: Skills and Approaches
by Tracey Loughran (ed.)
Reviewed by Phillip O’Brien, McKinnon Secondary College

The Vagabond Papers (Expanded Edition)
by John Stanley James
Reviewed by Joseph Moore, Masters of Education (Secondary) student, The University of Melbourne

Australian Religious Thought
by Wayne Hudson
Reviewed by Ian Keese, Retired Teacher

Edward Eyre: Desert Explorer
by Melanie Guile
Reviewed by Ainsley Ryan, Masters of Primary Teaching student, The University of Melbourne

Mullawallah: The Last King Billy of Ballarat
by Janice Newton
Reviewed by Rachel Towns, St John’s Regional College

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