David Day (historian)

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David Day
Native name David Andrew Day
Born (1949-06-24) 24 June 1949 (age 69)
Melbourne, Victoria[1]
Awards South Australian Festival Award for Non-Fiction (1998)
Queensland Premier's History Book Award (2000)
Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (2004)
Website www.davidday.com.au
Academic background
Alma mater University of Melbourne (BA [Hons])
University of Cambridge (PhD)
Influences Geoffrey Blainey[1]
Academic work
Institutions La Trobe University
University College Dublin
Bond University
Main interests Australian political history

David Andrew Day (born 24 June 1949) is an Australian historian, academic and author.

Academic career

The son of a weather forecaster with Australia's Bureau of Meteorology, Day grew up in Melbourne and Charleville, Queensland before commencing accounting studies in which he performed poorly due his political activity that included protesting against Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War.[1] After a short period of work he returned to his studies and graduated with first-class Honours in History and Political Science from the University of Melbourne and was awarded a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He has been a Junior Research Fellow at Clare College in Cambridge, founding head of History and Political Science at Bond University, official historian of the Australian Customs Service, Keith Cameron Professor of Australian History at University College Dublin, and Professor of Australian Studies at the University of Tokyo. He is currently is an Honorary Associate in the History Program at LaTrobe University in Melbourne.[2]

Career as an author

Day has written widely on Australian history and the history of the Second World War. Among his many books are Menzies and Churchill at War and a two volume study of Anglo-Australian relations during the Second World War. His prize-winning history of Australia, Claiming a Continent, won the prestigious non-fiction prize in the 1998 South Australian Festival Awards for Literature. An earlier book, Smugglers and Sailors, was shortlisted by the Fellowship of Australian Writers for its Book of the Year Award. John Curtin: A Life was shortlisted for the 2000 NSW Premier's Literary Awards' Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction.

Published works

Sole author

  • Menzies & Churchill at war: a controversial new account of the 1941 struggle for power. Sydney: Angus & Robertson. 1986. p. 271. ISBN 0-207-15169-5.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • The Great Betrayal: Britain, Australia and the Onset of the Pacific War, 1939–42. Sydney: Angus & Robertson. 1988. p. 388. ISBN 0-207-15328-0.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Reluctant Nation: Australia and the Allied Defeat of Japan, 1942–45. Melbourne: Oxford University Press. 1992. p. 370. ISBN 0-19-553453-0.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Brave new world: Dr. H.V. Evatt and Australian foreign policy 1941–1949. St Lucia: University of Queensland Press. 1996. p. 182. ISBN 0-7022-2608-4.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Claiming a Continent: A New History of Australia. Sydney: Angus & Robertson. 1996. p. 488. ISBN 0-207-19670-2.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • John Curtin: A Life. Sydney: HarperCollins. 1999. p. 610. ISBN 0-207-19669-9.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Chifley. Sydney: HarperCollins. 2001. p. 562. ISBN 0-7322-6702-1.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • The Politics of War. Sydney: HarperCollins. 2003. p. 750. ISBN 0-7322-7333-1. [Completely revised and updated edition bringing together two earlier works: The Great Betrayal and Reluctant Nation. Lay summary] Check |laysummary= value (help).<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Conquest: A New History of the Modern World. Sydney: HarperCollins. 2005. p. 370. ISBN 0-7322-7765-5.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • The Weather Watchers: 100 years of the Bureau of Meteorology. Carlton: Melbourne University Publishing. 2007. p. 530. ISBN 978-0-522-85275-2.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Conquest: how societies overwhelm others. New York: Oxford University Press. 2008. p. 288. ISBN 0-19-534011-6.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Andrew Fisher: Prime Minister of Australia. London: Fourth Estate. 2008. p. 496. ISBN 978-0-7322-7610-2.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Flaws in the ice: In search of Douglas Mawson. Melbourne: Scribe. 2013. p. 316. ISBN 978-1-9220-7074-6.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

With others

  • Day, David; Australian Customs Service (1992). Smugglers and Sailors: The Customs History of Australia, 1788–1901. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service Press. p. 528. ISBN 0-644-24751-7.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Day, David; Australian Customs Service (1996). Contraband and Controversy: The Customs History of Australia from 1901. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service Press. p. 558. ISBN 0-644-33151-8.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Interview by Marshall Poe with David Day" (streaming audio). New Books in History. 11 July 2008. Retrieved 2 January 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Dr David Day". Academy Fellows. Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. 1 May 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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