Agora 2022-2 Modern History

Non-members can purchase print and digital issues from the HTAV Shop.

Modern History | Agora vol. 57 no. 2 (2022)

Download complete issue


Reflection Ashley Keith Pratt
Editorial Guy Nolch

Reflections on the theme

Divergent Revolutions in Russia and Ukraine
Andrew A. Pyrcz, Lyndale Secondary College

In 1917 there were many revolutions in the Russian Empire, but it was the Ukrainian Revolution that Petrograd feared above all.

What Does ‘Fascism’ Mean?
Joseph Parro, Australian Catholic University

‘Fascism’ is a powerful term yet many people cannot define what it is despite its pernicious spread as far as Australia.

How Communist Fears Changed Australia
Zachary Gorman, Robert Menzies Institute, University of Melbourne

While concerns about communism led to events that determined Australia’s election results for more than two decades, they also led to policy changes that eroded White Australia prejudices as the nation played a stronger role in the Asia–Pacific.

The Secrecy of British Nuclear Testing in Australia
David Harris, La Trobe University

The history of the British nuclear tests in Australia involves a tragic intersection of race, politics, science, health and the environment.

British Signals Intelligence during the Cuban Missile Crisis
David Abrutat, Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), United Kingdom

With nuclear war at a flashpoint, British intelligence detected that Soviet missile supply ships had turned back.

The Australian Women’s Weekly as a Historical Source on Women during the Cold War
Hannah Viney, Monash University

The Australian Women’s Weekly is digitised and searchable on Trove, opening the opportunity to discuss how Australian women understood and experienced Cold War politics.

Myths about the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan
Aaron Carassiti, Mentone Grammar

There is more to the Soviet-Afghan War than the simple narrative of a Soviet invasion resisted by pious freedom-fighters.

A History of ‘Queer’ Activism
Meg Slater, National Gallery of Victoria

While LGBTIQA+ history has not been recorded in conventional sources, visual artists have created opportunities to interpret transformative periods of ‘queer’ activism.

The Changing World of Work
Margaret Anderson, Old Treasury Building

Technology has influenced the way we work, not only taking the place of many labouring, farming and even office jobs but also transforming gender roles.

Teaching ideas

Teaching the Holocaust in the History Classroom
Simon Holloway and Lisa Phillips, Melbourne Holocaust Museum

It is now mandatory to teach about the Holocaust in Victorian government schools. Here is some guidance for how to teach such confronting and potentially traumatic content in an age-appropriate, safe and meaningful manner.

The Role of Cultural Museums in Building Historical Empathy in the Classroom
Kym Wilton, Islamic Museum of Australia

The Islamic Museum of Australia helps students develop historical empathy by presenting intercultural perspectives of migrant communities that counter negative stereotypes.

Art Reveals How Weimar and Nazi Cultures Diverged
Ross Smith, Parade College

While art during the Weimar Republic rejected the values that led to the horrors of World War I, Nazi art tried to turn back the clock to idealise German traditions.

POW Experiences in Changi and Regional Victoria: A Resource for History Teachers
Jo Clyne and Kaye De Petro, History Teachers’ Association of Victoria

A new resource for Year 9 and 10 students presents two parallel Prisoner of War experiences revealing Australians as captives and captors.

Using Protest Music in Your Classroom
Paul Rossiter, St Margaret’s Berwick Grammar

Music provides an engaging medium to explore First Nations perspectives.

Proxy Wars and Conflicts: Resources to Help You Pick Your Contexts
Stephanie Murphy, Padua College

Modern History Unit 2 Outcome 1 requires the selection of one or more proxy wars or conflicts. Here are some resources to give you background knowledge on each of the contexts.

Using the National Library of Australia’s Map Search to Teach Modern History
Susie Russell and Michelle Bond, National Library of Australia

Map Search enables students to place thousands of digitised historical maps over modern maps, and to annotate them with historical documents to compare how Australian places have changed over time.

Immersive Cold War Experiences Using Augmented Reality
Vince Wall, All Hallows’ School, Brisbane

Modern History teachers can project Cold War-related artefacts and objects into the classroom through augmented reality technologies available on student smartphones.

Events Calendar

Sponsors & partners

  • National History Challenge - Sponsor Logo
  • Education Victoria - Sponsor Logo
  • web2_adobe_corporate_horizontal_lockup_black_hex.png

We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians and Traditional Custodians of the lands where we live, learn and work. The HTAV Office is located on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. These lands were never ceded. We pay our respect to their ancestors and Elders, past and present.

Please note: Members of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities should be aware that the HTAV website may include images or names of people now deceased.