Agora (2017/Issue 4) – The Making of the Modern World

Agora is a journal of curated professional reading for history teachers. This digital download covers a broad range of articles about the modernising world in 19th and 20th Centuries.

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Editorial | Dr Jo Clyne
President’s Introduction | Rosalie Triolo

Indigenous Perspectives: Controversy in the History Classroom? | Aleryk Fricker
This article discusses the ‘browning’ of the history classroom and the role of history teachers in challenging the ‘Great Australian Silence.’

The Man Who Carried the Nation’s Grief: James Malcolm Lean and the Great War Letters | Carol Rosenhain
Using extracts from her recently published book The Man Who Carried the Nation’s Grief, Carol Rosenhain explores the unheralded work of Major James Lean in the establishment and maintenance of Base Records during World War I and his correspondence with the families of soldiers eager for information about the fate of their loved ones.

‘Love at First Sight’: Marriages That Changed Our Modern World | Dr Rebecca Fleming
Cases involving Australian women who married Italian prisoners of war demonstrate how representations from individuals helped influence a change in government policy.

The Art of Being Seen: Globalisation and Australian Graffiti | Dr Jolanta Nowak
How might Australian graffiti, a prime example of the influence of the United States on Australian popular culture, be understood as part of a global phenomenon, while also expressive of localised community identities?

Child Migration from the United Kingdom | Ann Howard
Using material from her forthcoming book The Kindness of Stangers, Ann Howard discusses aspects of the history behind the phenomenon of child migration from the United Kingdom, and shares some first-hand experiences from children who were sent to Australia.

When Writing History Becomes Doing History | Nick Kopitschinski
How do students make their historical thinking explicit to their readers and themselves?

Rights and Freedoms: The United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as Global Education | Alexandra Edge and Sophie Arnoldmodern history
Australia played an active role in the creation of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As Australia and the international community grapple with a number of human rights concerns, the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) Victoria is offering opportunities for students to take part in UN-related educational programs aimed at encouraging them to think critically and engage with contentious global issues.

Behind the Lines – Shedding a Light on Our Democracy | Fiona Bowen
Using political cartoons to help students learn about society.

Tips for Teaching About the Industrial Revolution | Rabbi Yoel Doron
The Industrial Revolution ushered in an era of great change that shaped the way we live today. Following are some examples of activities that allow students to explore and engage with this important period in history.

The Industrial Revolution – Opposing Viewpoints in English Society | Kaye De Petro
An activity for Year 9 students studying the Industrial Revolution.

Captain Cook and the Endeavour Voyage: Lesson Plan (Year 4) | Kym Smith
A lesson plan on Captain Cook and the Endeavour voyage for Year 4 students.

Activities and Resources for Shogunate Japan | Miriam Meehan
This article, based on presentations given by the author over the last five years, provides teachers with a number of useful classroom activities and resources relating to Shogunate Japan.