BA (Melbourne), MA (Monash), PhD (Cambridge), FAHA


Stuart Macintyre is an Emeritus Laureate Professor of the University of Melbourne. He held the Ernest Scott chair of history from 1999 to 2014 and was Dean of the Faculty of Arts from 1999 to 2006. He served from 2007 to 2009 as President of the Academy.

His research spans several fields. Initially he worked in British labour and social history, and as a research fellow in Cambridge he wrote two monographs, A Proletarian Science (1980) and Little Moscows (1980). After returning to Australia in that year he worked principally in Australian history.

His publications on labour and political history include thematic studies, biographies, a study of Post-War Reconstruction, the first volume of a history of communism and two edited volumes, one with John Faulkner on the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party, and the other with Joe Isaacs on the Federal arbitration system,

His interest in intellectual educational history led to The Poor Relation (2010), a history of the Academy, and No End of a Lesson (2015), a study of the formation of Australia’s Unified National System of Higher Education. He chaired an inquiry into civics and citizen education for the Keating government, which resulted in the report Whereas the People… (1994), and he was lead writer in history for the national school curriculum initiated by Julia.

Another thread of his research is historiography. He has written a biography of Ernest Scott and studies of Brian Fitzpatrick, Max Crawford, Manning Clark, Geoffrey Blainey, John La Nauze and Geoffrey Bolton. With Anna Clark he wrote an account of The History Wars, and he was an editor of volume four of the Oxford History of Historical Writing.

He has produced a number of general studies of Australian History: volume 4 of The Oxford History of Australia (1986) covered the first half of the twentieth century; A Concise History of Australia (first published 1999); The Oxford Companion to Australian History (1998) with Graeme Davison and John Hirst; and with Alison Bashford he edited The Cambridge History of Australia (2013).

Council of the National Library of Australia (1987-96)

Council of the State Library of Victoria (1989-98)

Chair, Prime Minister’s Civics Expert Group (1994-96)

Advisory Council of the ARC (2007-2010)

Chair, Heritage Council of Victoria (2015-

A Proletarian Science: Marxism in Britain 1917-1933, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1980,rReissued, London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1986.

Little Moscows: Communism and Working-Class Militancy in Inter-War Britain, London: Croom Helm, 1980.

Militant: The Life and Times of Paddy Troy, Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 1984.

Winners and Losers: The Pursuit of Social Justice in Australian History, Sydney, Allen & Unwin, 1985.

(Edited and introduced) R.M. Crawford, Manning Clark and Geoffrey Blainey, Making History, Melbourne: McPhee Gribble/Penguin, 1985.

The Oxford History of Australia, Volume 4, 1901-1942: The Succeeding Age, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1986.

The Labour Experiment, Melbourne: McPhee Gribble/Penguin, 1988.

A Colonial Liberalism: The Lost World of Three Victorian Visionaries, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1991.

A History for a Nation: Ernest Scott and the Making of Australian History, Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1994.

(Edited with Julian Thomas) The Discovery of Australian History 1890-1939, Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1995.

The Reds: The Communist Party of Australia from Origins to Illegality, Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 1998.

(Edited with Graeme Davison and John Hirst) The Oxford Companion to Australia History, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Concise History of Australia, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999. 1st edn, 1998, 4th edn, 2015.

(Edited with John Faulkner) True Believers: The Story of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party, Crows Nest, NSW: Allen and Unwin, 2001.

(With Anna Clark) The History Wars, Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1st edn, 2003.

(Edited) The Historian’s Conscience: Australian Historians on the Ethics of History, Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2004.

(Edited with Joe Isaac) The New Province for Law and Order: 100 Years of Australian Industrial Conciliation and Arbitration, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

(Edited with Sean Scalmer) What If? Australian History As it Might HaveBbeen, Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2006.

(Edited with Sheila Fitzpatrick) Against the Grain: Brian Fitzpatrick and Manning Clark in Australian History and Politics, Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2007.

The Poor Relation: A History of the Social Sciences in Australia, Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2010.

(With James Waghorne) Liberty: A History of Civil Liberties in Australia, Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 2011.

(Edited with Juan Maiguascha and Attila Pok) The Oxford History of Historical Writing. Volume 4, 1800-1945, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

(Edited with Alison Bashford) The Cambridge History of Australia, 2 vols, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Australia’s Boldest Experiment: War and Reconstruction in the 1940s, Sydney: NewSouth Books, 2015.

(Edited with Lenore Layman and Jenny Gregory) A Historian for All Seasons: Essays for Geoffrey Bolton (Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2017).

(With André Brett and Gwilym Croucher) No End of a Lesson: Australia’s Unified National System of Higher Education (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2017).