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As a precautionary measure the Library has decided to cancel onsite public talks, tours and school holiday programs until 28 February 2022. This event will be rescheduled to be delivered as an online event. Further details of this talk will be available soon.
Join us at the Library as we welcome author Ian Hoskins to talk about his latest book, Australia & the Pacific: A History.
Australia’s deep past and its modern history are intrinsically linked to the Paciﬁc. In Australia & the Paciﬁc, Award winning author Ian Hoskins expands his gaze to examine Australia’s relationship with the Pacific region. This revealing, sweeping narrative history begins with the shifting of the continents to the coming of the first Australians and, thousands of years later, the Europeans who dispossessed them. Hoskins explores colonists’ attempts to exploit the riches of the region while keeping ‘white Australia’ separate from neighbouring Asians, Melanesians and Polynesians. He examines how the advent of modern human rights and the creation of the United Nations after World War Two changed Australia; and investigates our increasing regional engagement following the rise of China and the growing unpredictability of US foreign policy. Concluding with the offshore detention of asylum seekers and current debates over climate change, Hoskins questions Australia’s responsibilities towards our increasingly imperilled neighbours.
Dr Ian Hoskins has worked as an academic and public historian in Sydney for 30 years, during which time he taught US history at Sydney University, worked as a curator at the Powerhouse Museum and, since 2003, has been the North Sydney Historian.
A research focus throughout has been cultural landscapes. Sydney Harbour: A History and Coast: A History of the NSW Edge both won major awards. Ian was commissioned by the National Library of Australia to write Rivers: Lifeblood of Australia which published in 2020. He was the CH Currey Fellow at the State Library of New South Wales in 2019, focusing on the Library’s Pacific collections. Australia and the Pacific: A History, which emerged out of that work, was published by NewSouth books in October 2021.