Ms Joan Beaumont
Areas of expertise
- Historical Studies 2103
- Australian Government And Politics 160601
- International Relations 160607
- Australian History (Excl. Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander History) 210303
Australia during the Great Depression
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the defence of Australia.
Australia in the two world wars
War memory and heritage, including the Anzac 'legend'
History of Australian foreign policy and diplomacy
Prisoners of war, including the Thai-Burma railway, 1942-45
History of international humanitarian law
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.
Her publications include the critically acclaimed Broken Nation: Australians and the Great War (Allen & Unwin, 2013), joint winner of the 2014 winner of the Prime Minister's Literary Award (Australian History), the 2014 NSW Premier's Prize (Australian History), the 2014 Queensland Literary Award for History, and the Australian Society of Authors' 2015 Asher Award; and shortlisted for the 2014 WA Premier's Prize (non-fiction) and the 2014 Council for the Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences Prize for a Book.
Other publications include (with Matt Jordan), Australia and the World: A Festshrift for Neville Meaney (2013); ‘Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum, the Thai-Burma Railway’, in Bart Ziino and M. Wegner (eds), The Heritage of War: Cultural Heritage after Conflict, 2011, pp. 19-40; ; Ministers, Mandarins and Diplomats: The Making of Australian Foreign 1941-69 (ed. (2003); Australia's War, 1939-45 (ed.) (1996); Gull Force: Survival and Leadership in Captivity, 1941-1945 (1988); and Comrades in Arms: British Aid to Russia, 1941-45 (1980). In 2011-13 she led the research team for the Department of Veterans' Affairs commemorative web site, Hellfire Pass <hellfire-pass.commemoration.gov.au>, translated in Thai as http://hellfire-pass.commemoration.gov.au/thai/index.php
Past appointments include Dean of Arts and Social Sciences at The ANU (2010-11) and Dean of Arts at Deakin University Victoria (1998-2008). She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs; a member of the APSI Council and the Editorial Advisory Board of DFAT, The Netherlands Institute for War and Holocaust Studies international advisory board; and the University of Alabama Press (War, Memory and culture series). She graduated from the University of Adelaide (BA Hons 1969) and the University of London (King's College) (PhD 1975).
Second Shock: Australia's Great Depression and the Legacy of World War I (ARC Discovery DP160104699)
Serving Our country: A history of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in the Defence of Australia (ARC Linkage LP 120200 327)
Australia's extra-territorial war heritage (Kokoda Track, Thai-Burma railway, Long Tan and Kapyong (ARC Discovery Grant, 2010-12)
Australian memory and heritage of war, including the Anzac legend
Australian prisoners of war
The Thai-Burma railway, 1942-45
Australia and the First World War
War memory and heritage in the 20th century
History of Australian diplomacy
The Anzac legend
Anna Samson, Humanitarian intervention and war termination
Michael Gisick, The construction of the 'Warrior" by post-9/11 US soldiers in digital space
Margaret Hutchison, The official Australian war art scheme of World War I
Tristan Moss, The Australian army in Papua New Guinea, 1945-75
Gary Toone, Farming Aboriginal Cultural Heritage: The perceptions and perspectives of farmers concerning Aboriginal cultural heritage located on their properties.
Tony Joel, The politics of the memory of the bombing of Dresden
Vietnam war memorials in Australia
Janette Bomford, Fractured lives: Australian POWs (Japan) and their families
The Brennan Torpedo
Grants are drawn from ARIES. To add Projects or Grants please contact your College Research Office.
- Second shock: Australia's Great Depression and the legacy of World War I (Primary Investigator)
- Serving Our Country: a history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the defence of Australia (Secondary Investigator)
- The silent wilderness speaks: the long history of Gallipoli and the Dardanelles (Secondary Investigator)
- Australian Heritage Abroad: Managing Australia's Extraterritorial War Heritage (Secondary Investigator)