From student radicalism to global expansion, this is the story of Australia's largest and most international university.
From its beginnings Monash has been a 'university in a hurry.' Born on the suburban fringe of Melbourne, it reached outwards rather than gazing inwards. Over its five decades it embraced the challenges of the age of Sputnik, became a hotbed of student radicalism, then took an equally radical turn towards market capitalism to become Australia's largest and most international university, with branches in Italy, Malaysia and South Africa.
Its movers and shakers included visionary vice-chancellor Louis Matheson, biologist and stirrer Jock Marshall, Australia's third woman professor Maureen Brunt, historian Ian Turner, student politicians Albert Langer and Peter Costello, writers Don Watson and David Williamson, IVF pioneer Carl Wood, philosopher Peter Singer, broadcaster Jon Faine, buccaneering vice-chancellor Mal Logan and his ill-fated successor, David Robinson.
The Monash story shows how universities have transformed Australia since the 1960s. Based on extensive interviews with staff and students, and heavily illustrated, this is an engaging and candid portrait of a great Australian institution.
GRAEME DAVISON is Emeritus Professor of History at Monash University. He is author of The Rise and Fall of Marvellous Melbourne and Car Wars, and an editor of the Oxford Companion to Australian History. KATE MURPHY is a Lecturer in Contemporary History at Monash University and author of Fears and Fantasies.
Short-listed, Ernest Scott Prize, 2013
Table Of Contents:
List of illustrations
PRELUDE: COLD BEER FOR BREAKFAST
1 An educated democracy
2 The missing page
3 First of the new
4 Down on the farm
5 Reading, rioting, 'rithmetic
INTERLUDE: A VANISHING VICE-CHANCELLOR
6 The multiversity
7 Mergers and acquisitions
8 The Greater Monash
9 Shopping in the educational supermarket
10 At the limit?
INTERLUDE: DEATH IN THE FAMILY
11 Still learning
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