The History Teachers' Association of NSW seeks to promote the study and teaching of history and to provide professional support for those working in the area of history education.
The episodes in this podcast provide a variety of material including lectures from conferences and interviews with historians and teachers. Some episodes provide a content focus (discussing popular areas of history and historiography) and others focus on the art of teaching history.
For more information regarding membership, resources, professional development and upcoming events, please visit our website: https://www.htansw.asn.au/
#24 Michael Street – Witch Trials in History and Historiography
This episode explores the history and historiography of witch trials and witch hunts. Our guest is Michael Street, history teacher and recipient of a 2019 Premier's Teacher Scholarship sponsored by HTANSW. Michael used his scholarship to travel to the United States and England to study the history of witch hunts and has written a chapter on this topic for the second edition of the History Extension Resource Book (HTANSW, 2020).
#23 Dr. Peter Whitewood – The Red Army and the Great Terror
Dr. Peter Whitewood (York St. John University, UK) has written an authoritative account of Stalin's purge of the Red Army in the lead up to the Second World War. He joined us to talk about the history of state violence in Russia prior to 1917 and how terror became an important feature of the Soviet system after the October Revolution.
#22 Dr. Michael Molkentin – Constructing the life of Sir Ross Smith
This episode features an interview with Dr. Michael Molkentin about his latest book 'Anzac and Aviator: The Remarkable Story of Sir Ross Smith and the 1919 England to Australia Air Race' (Allen&Unwin, 2019). After briefly setting out the story, the interview focuses on questions of the methods used to construct the book.
#21 Professor Roland Fletcher – Angkor
Professor Roland Fletcher from the University of Sydney (Australia) is a world-leading scholar of the Khmer Empire. He generously gave his time to talk with us about the history of Angkor, the archaeology of the area and new approaches to understanding one of the most important heritage sites in the world.
#20 Anne Gripton – Teaching History Extension
In this episode, we interviewed Anne Gripton and talked about some practical ideas for teaching History Extension. The discussion mainly concentrated on the 'key questions' component of the course but it also offers some ideas for approaching Question 1 in the History Extension HSC Exam.
#19 Professor Pierre Asselin – Vietnam's American War
Professor Pierre Asselin from San Diego University recently joined us to talk about his most recent book, 'Vietnam's American War' (CUP, 2017). The episode discusses recent scholarship on the Vietnam War with a particular focus on exploring the conflict from the perspective of North Vietnam.