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AT NIGHT IN FRANCE 1916-1918

Were any Australian troops ever in camp at night when they were out of the line? Ever French town and village seems to have been full of troops, often guided there by French boys, who were paid for their services. NCOs and officers turned a bli...
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Tony Judt

Enjoyed the southerly last night by reading Tony Judt' s THE MEMORY CHALET. Interesting views on education. Judt has been described by his friend Prof. Thomas Nagel, a distinguished philosopher, as "an old- fashioned, academically conservative...
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History and Air Conditioning

OK! I know my carbon footprint is outrageous, but I can' t write covered in sweat. How did people write- and write splendidly- before the days of AC? Did they work late at night? Did they simply ignore the temperature? Is this part of the rea...
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THE VALUE OF THE PH.D

One of my students has just been told that his thesis has been passed without any changes. Very impressive! He wants to be an academic; he is a good teacher; he is involved in the community and he is(obviously) a good researcher. He will be f...
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Sex in 1914

How much did Aust. soldiers know about sex in 1914- 1918? Are there any accounts- honest ones- of visits to brothels. I know of Sergeant Lawrence' s adventures in Paris, but most of the other mentions are claims that the soldier was only visi...
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THE FRENCH VOICE.

Here we go. The next chapter of the book on the French and the Australians needs to be written. But where is the French voice? I have found the papers of the Australian Claims Officers, which give a detailed account of damage, morale and life in...
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THE MUSE OF HISTORY.

I have been an academic historian for over 30 years . I am still as much in love with Clio as I was when, as a boy, I was given Macaulay' s history of England by a family friend, Dr. W F Simmons. History fascinates me. It seems simple but th...
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