Australia's official war correspondent during WWI, Charles Bean was also Australia's first official war historian and the driving force behind the creation of the Australian War Memorial. Famously criticised for his deliberate myth-making as editor of The Anzac Book, Bean was also a public servant, institutional leader, author, activist, thinker, doer, philosopher and polemicist. In Charles Bean, Man, myth, legacy Australia's top military historians - including Peter Stanley, Peter Burness, Michael McKernan, Jeffrey Grey, Peter Edwards, David Horner, Peter Rees and Craig Stockings - analyse the man, the myth and his long-reaching legacy. Sales Points* The nation's leading military historians - including Peter Stanley, Peter Burness, Michael McKernan, Jeffrey Grey, Peter Edwards, David Horner, Peter Rees and Craig Stockings - examine Bean's life in an attempt to grasp the totality of his legacy.* This is the first collective attempt to capture and portray the man, his work and his influence on Australian history.* A definitive work that will be purchased by military history readers, specialists and students alike.*
Peter Stanley is Research Professor in the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society at UNSW Canberra. He has published 30 books, mostly in Australian military history but also in medical history, about the 2009 Black Saturday bushfire, and the military history of British India. He is an Associate Director of ACSACS, the General Editor of the Army's Cambridge University Press series and President of Honest History. His most recent book (with Vicken Babkenian) is Armenia, Australia & the Great War.
* Foreword by Anne Carroll OAM* Introduction by Peter Stanley* Part 1 Charles Bean: Life and Work* Finding the man? Beginning the search for Charles Bean - Stephen Ellis* Charles Bean on the Western Front - Peter Burness* Bean at Tuggeranong - Jennifer Horsfield* Re-reading Bean - Michael McKernan* Bean and the making of the National Archives of Australia - Anne-Marie Conde* The distributed Bean archive: bigger than we know - Michael Piggott* Re-thinking Bean's philosophy of history - Martin Ball* Bean and official history - Jeffrey Grey* Charles Bean's 'Straight Line' - Peter Rees* Part 2 The Australian official history tradition* An adequate memorial: Charles Bean and Gavin Long - Peter Stanley* Conflicts and controversies: the Official History of Australia's Involvement in Southeast Asian Conflicts 1948-1975 - Peter Edwards*'The Malayan Emergency and Konfrontasi' - Peter Dennis* The Vietnam Conflict - Chris Clark* Writing the Official History of Australian Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Post-Cold War Operations - David Horner* Doing History in the Digital Age: Compiling the Regional Command - South war diary - Garth Pratten* Official History of East Timor/Afghanistan/Iraq - Craig Stockings