'We haven't abandoned the project': the founding of the Journal of Pacific History

Munro, Doug and Gray, Geoffrey (2013) 'We haven't abandoned the project': the founding of the Journal of Pacific History. Journal of Pacific History, 48 1: 63-77. doi:10.1080/00223344.2012.733500

Author Munro, Doug
Gray, Geoffrey
Title 'We haven't abandoned the project': the founding of the Journal of Pacific History
Journal name Journal of Pacific History   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-3344
Publication date 2013-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00223344.2012.733500
Open Access Status
Volume 48
Issue 1
Start page 63
End page 77
Total pages 15
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The 1950s and 1960s were a time of proliferation of new academic journals, whether relating to a theme or a geographic area. Within the discipline of history, some of these new outlets attempted to redefine the discipline, such as the Journal of Social History (1967), or else to advance the cause of an emerging specialisation, such as the Journal of African History (1960). In Australia, the established historical journals with a nationwide reach – Historical Studies: Australia and New Zealand (1940) and the Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society (1901) – were joined in the 1950s by the Australian Journal of Politics and History (1955) and the Journal of Religious History (1959). Another contributing factor was the unprecedented growth in the Anglo-American-Australasian university system, especially during the late 1950s and the 1960s, resulting in significant increases in university expenditure, student enrolments and academic positions. An associated development in Australia was an increased provision for research funding for the social sciences, with the establishment of the Social Science Research Council in 1953. This body, which itself was funded by the Carnegie Corporation and the federal government, dispensed annual grants that ‘assisted the formation or consolidation of academic journals in social science disciplines, and a similar program facilitated the publication of research monographs. In 1960 the SSRC introduced travel grants for research in Asia, an effective device that fostered Australian engagement in area studies’. This interest in Asia reflected ongoing Australian and American Cold War engagement in Southeast Asia.

New possibilities were therefore opened up, and the founding of more journals was made feasible by the expanding critical mass of article submissions and subscribers...
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