My thanks to Frank Bongiorno, Jackie Dickenson, Nathan Hollier, Stuart Macintyre, Murray Goot and anonymous referees for comments on an earlier draft.
The Rise of the Insider: Memoirs and Diaries in Recent Australian Political History
Article first published online: 19 MAR 2010
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Australian Journal of Politics & History
Special Issue: Special Issue: The Rebirth of Political History
Volume 56, Issue 1, pages 82–104, March 2010
How to Cite
Scalmer, S. (2010), The Rise of the Insider: Memoirs and Diaries in Recent Australian Political History. Australian Journal of Politics & History, 56: 82–104. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8497.2010.01543.x
- Issue published online: 19 MAR 2010
- Article first published online: 19 MAR 2010
The memoirs and diaries composed by politicians represent an increasingly important form of history. This article provides a comprehensive survey of such writings in Australia. It suggests that they have become more popular, diffuse, confessional, immediate, ambitious, interventionist and cynical over recent decades. The significance of these developments is considered and some tentative explanations advanced.