Professor Bruce Scates

National Centre for Australian Studies

Bruce Scates holds the Chair of History and Australian Studies at Monash University.

A Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, his many publications include Return to Gallipoli (2006), A New Australia (1997), the Cambridge History of the Shrine of Remembrance (2009) 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 Keneally 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.

Bruce Scates’ research has been supported by a series of coveted Australian Research Council Grants and has met with international acclaim. His most recent book, World War One: A History in 100 Stories (with Rebecca Wheatley and Laura James) pioneers new ways of presenting the past.  Published by Penguin/Random House it is written with both a popular and a scholarly audience in mind. Amongst his forthcoming titles is The Last Battle: A History of Soldier Settlement in Australia. Co-authored with Melanie Oppenheimer it will be released by Cambridge University Press in November 2016. A social, cultural and environmental history, The Last Battle is the first project to use recently released repatriation files on any substantial scale and offers new insights into the social and personal impact of war.

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  • ‘World War One: A History in 100 Stories’ was launched at Melbourne Museum on Remembrance Day 2015. Launching the book to a capacity audience, Professor Jay Winter described it as an exemplary social history, exploring new archives, addressing new themes and involving a welcome collaboration between senior and early career researchers. ‘World War One: A ... Read more
  • The Guardian: A Global Guide to the First World War – An Interactive Documentary  Ten historians from 10 countries give a brief history of the first world war through a global lens. Using original news reports, interactive maps and rarely-seen footage, including extraordinary scenes of troops crossing Mesopotamia on camels and Italian soldiers fighting high up ... Read more
  • This year Professor Bruce Scates was invited to present the annual Menzies Lecture at King’s College. To view the lecture click here. The paper considers the fraught politics of commemoration as Australia and the world commemorate the Centenary of the Great War.  It examines the making and remaking of memorial spaces, the role the ‘memory boom’ ... Read more