Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations - Modern History

Welcome to Modern History

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Modern History at Macquarie has a strong reputation for both its teaching and research. We offer diverse programs of study with particular strengths in Australian History, World and global History, and Europe and the West. We also offer exciting units in women's and gender history and the history of film and popular culture.

Modern History is made up of research-focused historians from diverse backgrounds who specialize in gender history, world history, postcolonial history, media history, European history and Australian history. 

Undergraduate and Postgraduate studies in history will give you a broad range of essential workplace skills, developing your ability to think critically, construct logical arguments, and to write clearly and persuasively. Studying history will help you make sense of the world and your place in it.

News and Events

MQ historian receives prestigious NSW Premier history award

Dr Michelle Arrow and her collaborators Catherine Freyne and Timothy Nicastri (ABC Radio National Hindsight) have received the 2014 NSW Premier's History Awards - Multimedia History Prize for their radio production "Public Intimacies: The 1974 Royal Commission on Human Relationships."

Congratulations and Achievements:

  • Dr Alison Holland has won the National Archives Frederick Watson Fellowship for 2013-14
  • Professor David Christian will be on the American cable show the Colbert Report on November 12, 2013

Modern History in the media

Big History

Professor David Christian and Tracy Sullivan are working, with the support of Bill Gates, on the creation of a free online high school syllabus in big history.  A pilot version of the syllabus has been introduced and a second pilot with Australian schools will begin in September 2012. The finished website is expected to be publicly available mid-2013.  For further information, go to .  Schools interested in taking part in the second pilot can apply through the website. 

Macquaire University has also launched a Big History Institute as part of the project.  Visit the website at


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What's New

Session 3 Offering  2014/15 -  An Introduction to Big History. Click for more information 

HTA NSW & Macquarie University "Head Start to Extension" Saturday 6 December 2014

The Self and History workshop
27 - 28 November 2014

Upcoming Research Seminars Semester 2, 2014


Notable Publications

History Initiates....

The Modern History students journal
Vol. 2,  No.1,  April 2014


The Gallipoli Centenary Research Project
Completing the Story - Researching Gallipoli in the Turkish Military Archives

Contact Us

Modern History Office
Building W6A room 400
Macquarie University, 
Balaclava Road Norht Ryde
NSW 2109, Australia
Tel: +61 2 9850 8879
Fax: +61 2 9850 6594

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Courses - 2014
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