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James Curran

James Curran is Professor of Modern History at the University of Sydney, where he specialises in Australian and American political and foreign relations history. A former analyst with the Office of National Assessments, he was also a Fulbright Scholar at Georgetown University in Washington DC and later the Chair of Australian History at University College Dublin. James has authored a number of books, including The Power of Speech: Australian prime ministers defining the national image, Curtin’s Empire, The Unknown Nation: Australia after empire (with Stuart Ward), Unholy Fury: Whitlam and Nixon at war, Fighting with America: Why saying no to the US wouldn’t rupture the alliance and, most recently, Campese: The last of the dream sellers. His poetry has been published in Meanjin and Quadrant, and his rugby writing in France’s twice-weekly Midi-Olympique. He writes a fortnightly column on foreign affairs for the Australian Financial Review.

Books from this author
Australia’s China Odyssey
August 2022
The story of the complex and crucial relationship between Australia and China, charting the highs and lows through the prism of the prime ministers who have handled relations with Beijing since Whitlam in 1972.