Hi. My name is Marion Diamond, and I’m a retired historian. For many years I taught at the University of Queensland, where I am now an Honorary Associate Professor in the School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics.
I write regular brief-ish entries dealing with the historical issues that interest me, free from the constraints of references and referees. My main research interest is early Australian colonial history, and its connections with the wider world of Asia, but I’m also interested in how the past impacts on the present.
In 1980, Hugh Trevor-Roper said:
‘Historians of every generation, I believe, unless they are pure antiquaries, see history against the background – the controlling background – of current events. They call upon it to explain the problems of their own time, to give to those problems a philosophical context, a continuum in which they may be reduced to proportion and perhaps made intelligible.’
That’s still true, 30 years on.