Academic journal article The Australian Journal of Politics and History

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Academic journal article The Australian Journal of Politics and History

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For some years, this journal has regularly published a selection of articles from the biennial conferences of the Australasian Association for European History (AAEH) in special issues. The articles in this special issue are from the fourteenth conference of the AAEH, held at the University of Queensland, 7-11 July 2003, entitled Europe's Pasts and Present. The papers selected here give an indication of the quality and diversity of the conference proceedings.

Traditionally, the AAEH has always included a strong focus on German history (highlighted in the previous AJPH special issue, Vol.48, 1). We were fortunate to have a strong contingent of Italianists as well on this occasion. Christopher Duggan, in a paper based on his recent major work on Francesco Crispi, shows how Italian politics had the potential to have a major impact on the rest of Europe in the late nineteenth century.

Carl Levy's paper crosses national boundaries in its examination of major themes in European anarchism's relation to nationalism and internationalism, while Gordon Martel investigates the specific, local origins of Arnold Toynbee's attempt to think globally. …

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