An exploration of the work and legacy of one of Australia’s most distinguished historians.

Stuart Macintyre was an eminent figure within the world of Australian history scholarship for 45 years. This collection of essays and responses revisits and extends this extraordinary life of achievement and engagement. Leading scholars write here of Macintyre’s contribution to understanding radicalism and communism, postwar reconstruction, education and civics, universities, liberalism, historiography and the history wars. They also tell us about collegiality and friendship. The practice of history writing and telling has long been central to the narrative of the nation in Australia. The Work of History connects us to that past. It raises the question of what comes next, and re-values Macintyre’s contribution, serving both as a snapshot of the state of the historian’s art, and an introduction to those who come more recently to this highly contested field.

Peter Beilharz is Professor of Critical Theory at Sichuan University. He is founding editor of Thesis Eleven.

Sian Supski is a freelance researcher, and Adjunct Research Fellow in Sociology at La Trobe University. She is an editor of Thesis Eleven.