Professor Bruce Scates

Director, National Centre for Australian Studies

Bruce Scates holds the Chair of History and Australian Studies at Monash University and is the Director of the National Centre for Australian Studies. A Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, his many publications include Return to Gallipoli, A New Australia, the Cambridge History of the Shrine of Remembrance and the recently republished Women and the Great War (co authored with Raelene Frances). The last of these won the NSW Premier’s History Award. Professor Scates is the lead author of Anzac Journeys (also published by Cambridge University Press and short listed in the Ernest Scott Prize for 2014) and a contributor Cambridge History of the First World War. He has also written a novel, On Dangerous Ground, retracing CEW Bean’s steps across Gallipoli. Described by Tom Kennelly as ‘eloquent and engrossing’, it has been listed on Australia’s first national curriculum for literature, set on university courses in Germany, Turkey and Australia, and awarded special commendation in the Christina Stead Awards. His forthcoming titles include The One Hundred Stories: A History of the First World War (with Rebecca Wheatley and Laura James) and The Last Battle: A History of Soldier Settlement in Australia (with Melanie Oppenheimer).

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  • The One Hundred Stories are a silent presentation. They remember not just the men and women who lost their lives, but also those who returned to Australia, the gassed, the crippled, the insane, all those irreparably damaged by war. The Great War shaped the world as well as the nation. Its memory belongs to us. Read more
  • Bruce Scates has recently featured in interviews and documentaries on various aspects of Anzac commemoration. You can hear him speaking on the BBC World Service, ABC Classic FM and Radio National by following the links. Happy listening! Read more
  • On Dangerous Ground: A Gallipoli Story In the lead up to the centenary of Anzac, one of Australia’s leading historians changes the way we see Gallipoli.  Faultless research and compelling narrative shape an ‘imagined history’ and enriches our understanding of the Great War. On the day Australians charge the Nek, a man goes missing at Gallipoli.  The ... Read more