Specialisation: War, memory, and commemoration; Australia in the two world wars; prisoners of war
Emeritus Professor Joan Beaumont is an internationally recognized historian of Australia in the two world wars, Australian defence and foreign policy, the history of prisoners of war and the memory and heritage of war. She is an Emeritus Professor of History in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University. She was formerly Dean of Education and Director of the Faculty of Arts, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences (2008-11), and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Alfred Deakin Professor, Deakin University (1998-2008). Her research interests are in the history of the first and second world wars, especially Australia’s experience of war; prisoners of war; diplomatic history; international humanitarian law; and history and memory. Her publications include the critically acclaimed Broken Nation: Australians and the Great War (Allen & Unwin, 2013). She is President of the International Committee for the History of the Second World War (CISH).
Dean of Education and Director of the Faculty of Arts, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences (2008-11)
Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Alfred Deakin Professor, Deakin University (1998-2008)
Member of the Education and Curriculum subcommittee of the Anzac Centenary Advisory Board, 2012
Department of Foreign Affairs Historical Documents Board, 2013-
Netherlands Institute for War and Holocaust Studies International Advisory Board
University of Alabama Press (War, Memory and culture series).
Fellow of Australian Institute of International Affairs
Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History (joint), 2014
NSW Premier’s Prize (Australian History)
2014 Queensland Literary Award for History
Australian Society of Authors’ 2015 Asher Award
- Beaumont, J 2016, ‘The Longest Silence: Australian Prisoners of the Japanese’, in P.J. Dean (ed.), Australia 1944-45: Victory in the Pacific, Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, Australia, pp. 79-97.
- Beaumont, J 2016, ‘The diplomacy of extra-territorial heritage: the Kokoda Track, Papua New Guinea’, International Journal of Heritage Studies, vol. 22, no. 5, pp. 355-367.
- Beaumont, J 2016, ‘Deux dominions en guerre: Australie and Nouvelle-Zelande’, Monde(s) histoire espaces relations, vol. 9, pp. 43-58.
- Beaumont, J, Grant, L & Pegram, A 2015, ‘Remembering and rethinking captivity’, in J Beaumont, L Grant, A Pegram (ed.), Beyond Surrender: Australian Prisoners of War in the Twentieth Century, Melbourne University Press (an imprint of Melbourne University Publishing), Carlton Australia, pp. 1-17.
- Beaumont, J 2015, ‘Officers and men: Rank and survival on the Thai-Burma railway’, in J Beaumont, L Grant, A Pegram (ed.), Beyond Surrender: Australian Prisoners of War in the Twentieth Century, Melbourne University Press (an imprint of Melbourne University Publishing), Carlton Australia, pp. 174-195.
- Beaumont, J 2015, ‘Symposium: Commemoration in Australia: A memory orgy?’, Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 50, no. 3, pp. 536-544.
- Beaumont, J 2015, ‘Symposium: Introduction: The politics of memory: Commemorating the centenary of the First World War’, Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 50, no. 3, pp. 529-535.
- Beaumont, J 2015, ‘Human stories of war’, History Australia, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 209-211.
- Beaumont, J, Grant, L & Pegram, A, eds, 2015, Beyond Surrender: Australian prisoners of war in the twentieth century, Melbourne University Press (an imprint of Melbourne University Publishing), Carlton Australia.
- Beaumont, J & Witcomb, A 2015, ‘The Thai-Burma railway’, in Christina Twomey and Ernest Koh (ed.), The Pacific War: Aftermaths, remembrance and culture, Routledge, 2 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4RN, pp. 67-87.
- Beaumont, J 2014, ”Unitedly we have fought’: imperial loyalty and the Australian war effort’, International Affairs, vol. 90, no. 2, pp. 397-412.
- Beaumont, J 2014, ‘Remembering the Heroes of Australia’s Wars: From Heroic to Post-Heroic Memory’, in Sibylle Scheipers (ed.), Heroism and the Changing Character of War, Palgrave Macmillan Ltd, Basingstoke, UK and New York, USA, pp. 334-348.
- Beaumont, J 2014, ‘The Impact of the Gallipoli Campaign on Australia’, in Helmut Bley and Anorthe Kremers (eds), The World During The First World War, Klartext Verlag, Essen, pp. 185-196.
- ‘Going to War 1914: The View from the Australian Parliament’ http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/pubs/Vis/vis1314
- Beaumont, J 2013, ‘The Thai-Burma Railway: a cultural route?’, Historic Environment, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 100-113.
- Beaumont, J 2013, Broken Nation Australians in the Great War, Allen & Unwin, 83 Alexander St Crows Nest NSW 2065.
- (with Matthew Jordan eds) Australia and the World: A Festschrift for Neville Meaney, Sydney University Press, 2013.
- ‘The fallen soldier and Australian national identity’ in Manfred Hettling und Jörg Echternkamp (eds), Der Tod des Soldaten und das politische Gemeinwesen. Gefallenengedenken im internationalen Vergleich [The death of the Soldier and the Polity. An International Comparison of Remembering Dead Soldiers], Goettingen: Vandenhoeck & Rupprecht, 2012
- ‘Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum, the Thai-Burma Railway’, in Bart Ziino and M. Wegner (eds), The Heritage of War: Cultural Heritage after Conflict, Routledge , 2011
- (with Robert Frank and Just Dulffer), ‘General Introduction’ in Jost Dulffer and Robert Frank (eds), Peace, War and Gender from Antiquity to the Present: Cross-Cultural Perspectives, Essen, Klartext Verlag, 2009, pp. 9-12.
- Internment in Australia 1939-45′ in Joan Beaumont, Ilma Martinuzzi O’Brien and Mathew Trinca, Under Suspicion: Citizenship and Internment in Australia during the Second World War, National Museum of Australia, Canberra, 2008.
- ‘Australia between Globalization and Regionalization: The Historical Experience’, in Joan Beaumont and Alfredo Canavero (ed.) Globalization and Regionalisation in the History of International Relations, Unicopli, Milan, 2005.
- ‘Prisoners of war in Australian national memory’, in Bob Moore and Barbara Hately (eds), Prisoners of War, Prisoners of peace: Captivity, Homecoming and Memory in World War II, Berg, 2005, pp. 185-94.
- Australian Memory and the US Wartime Alliance: The Australian-American Memorial and the Battle of the Coral Sea, War and Society, 22, 1, 2004.
- Joan Beaumont, Chris Waters and David Lowe Ministers, Mandarins and Diplomats: Australian Foreign Policy Making, 1941-1969. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2003.
- (editor) (2001) Australian Defence: Sources and Statistics. Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 2001.
- ‘ Whatever happened to patriotic women, 1914-1918?’, Australian Historical Studies, 31, 115, 2000.
- (editor) Australia’s War 1939-1945. Sydney: Allen and Unwin, 1996.
- (editor), Australia’s War 1914-1918, Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 1995.
- Gull Force: Surival and Leadership in Captivity, 1941-45, Allen & Unwin, 1988.
- Comrades in Arms: British Aid to Russia, Davis-Poynter, 1980
Email: joan.beaumont [at] anu.edu.au
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