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Back in Fashion? Economic History and the ‘New Materialism’ in the Writing of Australian History


Darian-Smith, K and Edmonds, P, Back in Fashion? Economic History and the New Materialism' in the Writing of Australian History, Australian Historical Studies, 48, (2) pp. 149-151. ISSN 1031-461X (2017) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/1031461X.2017.1314218


This issue of Australian Historical Studies opens with two articles that discuss the state of economic history in Australia. In their important overview, Simon Ville and Claire Wright argue that following ‘years in the wilderness, economic history is back in fashion’. Australian universities after World War II established separate departments of economic history, with the discipline serving to connect the social sciences and humanities. But over time, a rift occurred. As economic historians sought greater intellectual integration with mainstream economics, the ‘cultural turn’ took Australian historians in other directions. The closure of university economic history units in the 1990s and the impact of global economic events have, however, led to a revival of economic history. Ville and Wright trace these developments, and show how millennium economic history derives its strength through an interdisciplinary approach, including engagement with the digital humanities and the use of big data. Their prognosis for the future of economic history in Australia is optimistic.

Item Details

Item Type:Letter or Note in Journal
Keywords:editorial, Australia, history
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Darian-Smith, K (Professor Kate Darian-Smith)
UTAS Author:Edmonds, P (Associate Professor Penny Edmonds)
ID Code:122618
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2017-11-21
Last Modified:2018-02-13

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