Associate Professor David Blaazer

Associate Dean of Education

I began my academic career at La Trobe University as a sessional tutor in 1983 while working on my Ph.D. thesis, which I completed in 1989. I have since worked in the Centre for Learning and Teaching at the University of Technology, Sydney; and in the History Department, Faculty of Arts at the Australian National University, before coming to UNSW Canberra in 1999.

My research interests are in modern British and Irish history; nationalism and national identity; the history of money and economic history more broadly; and the history of political ideas. 

My current research is towards a book on money, finance and national identity in the British Isles since 1603. I am particularly interested in the ways in which British people’s sense of their country’s financial strength and monetary stability have become entwined with their sense of national self-worth, and why, therefore, their proposed adoption of the Euro has become an emotive and bitterly divisive issue. I have published a number of articles and delivered numerous conference papers on various aspects of this topic. This work forms part of a broader interest in the production and transmission of popular ideas about finance and economics, and their political, cultural and social consequences.

My previous research has been on the non-communist left in Britain since the late 19th century, with a special focus on the theoretical and cultural affinities between leftists of different persuasions. As well as a book, The Popular Front and the Progressive Tradition: Liberals, Socialists and the Quest for Unity 1884-1939 (Cambridge, 1992), I have also published articles on the Guild Socialist movement, reflecting my broader interest in the history of political ideas.