History’s Dr James Curran talks about his new book on ABC’s Radio National

From the editor…

On Saturday morning I turned on the radio while making a cup of tea and heard a familiar voice. This is not an unusual circumstance, as Radio National often interviews members of SOPHI, and in this instance it was James Curran from the Department of History, being interviewed on Saturday Extra. James was speaking about his new book on Australian Prime Minister John Curtin.

John Curtin is often remembered as the very able leader who questioned Winston Churchill and spurred a new Australian nationalism that was distinctly anti-British.

But James Curran argues that this is a simplification of John Curtin’s views and that while courting the United States, John Curtin still believed in Australia’s essential Britishness and that Australia needed to remain part of the empire.

If you’d like to hear James’ interview with Mark Bannerman, you can listen or download the interview from the Radio National Saturday Extra website

Julie-Ann Robson

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