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Professor Carl Bridge

Professor Carl Bridge

Professor of Australian Studies

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 7392
Email carl.bridge@kcl.ac.uk
Address Menzies Centre for Australian Studies & Department of History
King's College London
 3.08 Chesham Building
Strand
London WC2R 2LS

Biography

Carl Bridge grew up in Sydney where he took his BA in History at the University of Sydney. He has both a PhD in History and a Diploma in Education from the Flinders University of South Australia and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He taught in the History Departments at Flinders and the University of New England before his appointment to his current position in 1997. He has held visiting fellowships at Churchill College and Clare Hall, Cambridge, the National Library of Australia, and the Australian Prime Ministers Centre, Canberra. His current research falls into four areas: the history of Australian diplomacy and defence; war and society in twentieth century Australia; Australian historiography; and the history of the British world.

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Intersections between Australian domestic politics, diplomacy and military decision-making, particularly during two world wars and the cold war
  • Setting Australian history in its comparative context, particularly as part of the imagined ‘British world’ from the 1880s to the 1960s
  • The social history of Australians in the United Kingdom

Professor Carl Bridge's current major research project is a volume of the Documents on Australian Foreign Policy series for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Anglo-Australian relations 1914-19, with Dr Frank Bongiorno (Australian National University), Dr David Lee (Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) and Dr Jatinder Mann (Menzies Centre). Much of his work focuses on the intersections between domestic politics, diplomacy and military decision-making, particularly during the first and second world wars and the cold war, and he has published extensively on Australia’s relations with Britain, the United States and New Zealand. He is also interested in setting Australian history in its comparative context, particularly as part of the imagined ‘British world’ from the 1880s to the 1960s. His most recent book is a biography of Australia’s first world war prime minister, Billy Hughes. He has also written on two of Australia’s most important historians, Manning Clark and Russel Ward, on the history of reading in South Australia, and on Anzac Day.

I am happy to consider supervising all projects in the broad fields of Australian history/Australian Studies and the history of the British World.

For more details, please see Carl's full research profile.

Selected publications
  • Carl Bridge (2011) William Hughes: Australia London: Haus [Authored Book in print]
  • Carl Bridge,  S R Ashton, Stuart Ward (2010) Australia and the United Kingdom 1960-1975 Canberra: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade [Edited book in print]
  • Carl Bridge (2010) 'Supreme Federalist: The Political Life of Sir John Downer.' AUSTRALIAN HISTORICAL STUDIES, 41 (2), pp. 244-245. [Book Review (Print)]
  • Carl Bridge, Frank Bongiorno, David Lee (2010) The High Commissioners. Australia’s Representatives in the United Kingdom, 1910-2010 Canberra: Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade [Edited book in print]
  • Carl Bridge (2010) '‘Other People’s Wars?: Australia’s Military Involvements in the Twentieth Century’' Australian Cultural History, 28, pp. 251-259. [Article in print Journal]

For a complete list of publications, please see Carl's full research profile.

Teaching

Undergraduate  

  • 4AAH0001 Historical Skills, Sources and Approaches
  • 4AAH1007 The Worlds of the British Empire, c. 1700-1960
  • 5AAH2013 The History of Australia since 1788
  • 6AAH3019/20 Australia in the Second World War: Strategy, Politics and Diplomacy

Postgraduate

  • 7AAH5006 British Settler Societies  
  • 7AAH5007 Twentieth Century Australia: War and Society

Professor Bridge also contributes to the teaching of the Graduate Diploma in Humanities & Academic English.

Expertise and public engagement

Carl Bridge is co-editor of London Papers in Australian Studies and Reviews in Australian Studies. He is a regular commentator on Australian affairs on British and international television and radio.

 

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