David Lee

Associate Professor of History
Associate Professor

 
Dr David Lee is an Associate Professor who joined the University of New South Wales in 2019 and before that was based in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for twenty-four years. He has published widely on Australian history including Australia during the Cold War. His most recent books are Australia and the World: International Relations and Global Events since Federation (Melbourne: Circa, 2022)  and John Curtin (Redland Bay: Connor Court, 2022). He is also author of The Second Rush: Mining and the Transformation of Australia (Redland Bay: Connor Court, 2016) and Stanley Melbourne Bruce: Australian Internationalist (London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2010). He teaches courses on World Economic History and the Cold War, is Chair of the Commonwealth Working Party of the Australian Dictionary of Biography and has been appointed National Archives of Australia, Cabinet historian, 2022-23. 
Books
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Lee D, 2022, Australia and the World: International Relations and Global Events since Federation, Melbourne Publishing Group, Melbourne, https://melbourne-publishing.myshopify.com/
2022
Lee D, 2020, Stanley Melbourne Bruce: Institution Builder, Connor Court, Redland Bay, https://www.connorcourtpublishing.com.au/Stanley-Melbourne-Bruce-Institution-Builder--David-Lee_p_395.html
2020
Lee D, 2016, The Second Rush Mining and the Transformation of Australia, Connor Court Publishing Pty Limited
2016
Lee D, 2010, Stanley Melbourne Bruce Australian Internationalist, Bloomsbury Publishing
2010
Doulman J; Lee D, 2008, Every Assistance and Protection A History of the Australian Passport
2008
Parkin R; Lee D, 2008, Great White Fleet to Coral Sea Naval Strategy and the Development of Australian-United States Relations, 1900-1945
2008
Kenyon D; Lee D, 2006, The Struggle for Trade Liberalisation in Agriculture Australia and the Cairns Group in the Uruguay Round
2006
Lee D, 2005, Australia and the World in the Twentieth Century
2005
Lee D, 1995, Search for Security The Political Economy of Australia's Postwar Foreign and Defence Policy, Allen & Unwin Australia
1995
Submissions to Government
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Lee D, 2021, Submission Number 40 to Senate Economics References Committee, Australian Parliament, Canberra, file:///C:/Users/z3527221/Downloads/Submission%2040%20-%20Dr%20David%20Lee.pdf
2021
Book Chapters
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Lee D, 2022, 'Mediating Middle Powers: Shaw, Grant, Curtis and Upton, 1972-83', in Lowe D; Meadows E (ed.), Rising Power and Changing People The Australian High Commission in India, ANU Press, Canberra, pp. 137 - 151, http://dx.doi.org/10.22459/RPCP.2022
2022
Lee D, 2022, 'S.M. Bruce and R.G. Menzies Compared', in Ergas H; Pincus J (ed.), Power Politics and Parliament: Essays in Honour of John R. Nethercote, Connor Court Publishing, Redland Bay, pp. 317 - 325, https://www.connorcourtpublishing.com.au/POWER-POLITICS-AND-PARLIAMENT-Essays-in-Honour-of-John-R-Nethercote_p_512.html
2022
Lee D, 2019, 'Ryan, Edward John (Ted) (1916-1995)', in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Australian Dictionary of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/ryan-edward-john-ted-27551/text34954
2019
Lee D, 2018, 'Sir John Latham and the League of Nations', in League of Nations : Histories, Legacies and Impact, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, pp. 83 - 99
2018
Lee D, 2018, 'The Fraser Government, 1975-1983: Andrew Peacock and Tony Street', in Conley Tyler M; Robbins J (ed.), Ministers for Foreign Affairs 1972-83, Australian Institute of International Affairs, pp. 25 - 48, http://www.internationalaffairs.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Ministers-for-Foreign-Affairs-1972-83.pdf
2018
Lee D, 2017, 'Buying Back the Farm: the Whitlam Government and the Australianisation of mining', in Making Modern Australia: the Whitlam Government's 21st Century Agenda, Monash University Publishing, Melbourne
2017
Lee D, 2016, 'Australia's ambassadors in Washington, 1982-1989', in Lee D; Lowe D; Bridge C (ed.), Australia Goes to Washington: 75 Years of Australian Representation in the United States, 1940-2015, ANU Press, Canberra, pp. 183 - 207, http://dx.doi.org/10.22459/AGTW.12.2016
2016
Lee D; Lowe D, 2016, 'Conclusion', in Lee D; Lowe D; Bridge C (ed.), Australia Goes to Washington: 75 Years of Australian Representation in the United States, 1940-2015, ANU Press, Canberra, pp. 255 - 260, http://dx.doi.org/10.22459/AGTW.12.2016
2016
Lee D, 2016, 'The Career Diplomats: Sir Patrick Shaw, Alan Renouf and Sir Nicholas Parkinson, 1974-82', in Lowe D; Bridge C (ed.), Australia Goes to Washington: 75 Years of Australian Representation in the United States, 1940-2015, ANU Press, Canberra, pp. 161 - 181, http://dx.doi.org/10.22459/AGTW.12.2016
2016
Lee D, 2015, 'Sir John Crawford: Agriculture and Trade', in The Seven Dwarfs in the Age of the Mandarins, ANU Press, Canberra, http://dx.doi.org/10.22459/SDAM.07.2015
2015
Lee D, 2013, 'Australia and the Security Council', in Cotton J; Lee D (ed.), Australia and the United Nations, Longueville Books, pp. 66 - 104
2013
Lee D, 2011, 'Historical Survey of Southeast Asian Borders', in The Borderlands of Southeast Asia: Geopolitics, Terrorism and Globalization, National Defense University Press, Washington, pp. 59 - 88
2011
Lee D; Kenyon D, 2011, 'Australia and Europe', in Middle Power Dreaming: Australia in World Affairs, 2006-2010, Oxford University Press, Oxford
2011
Lee D, 2008, 'Stanley Bruce at the Wartime High Commission in London', in Diplomats at War: British and Commonwealth Diplomacy in Wartime, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, pp. 149 - 171
2008
Lee D, 2008, 'Dealing with Dragons', in Gare D; Ritter D (ed.), Making Australian History: Perspectives on the Past Since 1788, Thomson, South Melbourne
2008
Lee D, 2007, 'The Establishment of Diplomatic Relations', in Reid R; Mongan C; Brownrigg J (ed.), Echoes of Irish Australia: rebellion to republic: a collection of essays, St Clements Retreat and Conference Centre, Galong, pp. 222 - 232
2007
Lee D, 2002, 'Shaw, Sir Patrick (1913-1975)', in Ritchie J; Langmore D (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography Volume 16 1940-1980, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, pp. 220 - 221
2002
Lee D, 2001, 'Indonesia's Independence', in Goldsworthy D (ed.), Facing North. A Century of Australian Engagement with Asia Volume 1 1901 to the 1970s, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, pp. 134 - 170
2001
Lee D; Dee M, 2001, 'Southeast Asian Conflicts', in Goldsworthy D (ed.), Facing North: 1901 to the 1970s, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, pp. 262 - 309
2001
Lee D, 2000, 'McCall, William Victor ((1908-1968)', in Ritchie J (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography Volume 15 1940-1980, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, pp. 162 - 163
2000
Lee D, 2000, 'Lawson, John Norman (1897-1956)', in Ritchie J (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography Volume 15 1940-1980, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, pp. 66 - 67
2000
Lee D, 1997, 'The Origins of the Menzies Government's Policy on Indonesia's Confrontation of Malaysia', in Cain F (ed.), Menzies in War and Peace, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, pp. 72 - 99
1997
Lee D, 1997, 'Defence Policy, 1945-1994: An Historical Perspective', in Malik M (ed.), Australia's Security in the 21st Century, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, pp. 8 - 31
1997
Lee D, 1996, 'Australia, the Great Powers and the Decolonisation of Laos', in Australia and the end of empires : the impact of decolonisation in Australia's near north, 1945-65, Deakin University Press, Geelong, pp. 173 - 187
1996
Lee D, 1995, 'The Cabinet', in Warhurst J; Prasser S; Nethercote J (ed.), The Menzies Era: A Reappraisal of Government Politics and Policy, Halw & Iremonger, Sydney, pp. 123 - 137
1995
Lee D, 1993, 'Cotton, Thomas Richard Worgan (1907-1970)', in Ritchie J (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography: 1940-1980, A-De, Melbourne University
1993
Lee D, 1993, 'Ashley, William Patrick ((1881-1958)', in Ritchie J (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography Volume 13 1940-1980, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, pp. 79 - 80
1993
Conference Papers
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Lee D, 1994, 'The Curtin and Chifley governments, liberal internationalism and world organisation', in Lee D; Waters C (ed.), EVATT TO EVANS, ALLEN & UNWIN AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA, AUSTR NATL UNIV, FAC ARTS, DEPT POLIT SCI, CANBERRA, pp. 48 - 61, presented at Symposium on Evatt to Evans - the Labor Tradition in Australian Foreign Policy, AUSTRALIA, AUSTR NATL UNIV, FAC ARTS, DEPT POLIT SCI, CANBERRA, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000074436300004&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
1994
Edited Books
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Lowe D; Lee D; Bridge C, 2016, Australia goes to Washington 75 years of Australian representation in the United States, 1940–2015, ANU Press
2016
Lee D; Reynolds W, (ed.), 2013, Australia and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, 1945-1974, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Canberra, ttps://dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/historical-documents/Pages/volume-28/volume-28-australia-and-the-nuclear-non-proliferation-treaty-1945-1974.aspx
2013
Cotton J; Lee D, (ed.), 2012, Australia and the United Nations, Longueville Books & Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Sydney
2012
Lee D; Bongiorno F; Bridge C, (eds.), 2010, The High Commissioners Australia's Representatives in the United Kingdom 1910-2010, Department of Foreign Affairs, Barton
2010
Lee D; Doran S, (ed.), 2002, Australia and Recognition of the People's Republic of China, 1949-1972, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Canberra, https://dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/historical-documents/volume-22/Pages/default.aspx
2002
Lee D, (ed.), 1998, Australia and indonesia's Independence: the Transfer of Sovereignty, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Canberra, https://dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/historical-documents/Pages/volume-15/1949-indonesia-volume-15.aspx
1998
Lee D; Waters C, (ed.), 1997, Evatt to Evans: the Labor Tradition in Australian Foreign Policy, Allen & Unwin, Canberra
1997
Lee D; Dorling P, (ed.), 1996, Australia & Indonesia's Independence: the Renville Agreement Documents 1948, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Canberra, https://dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/historical-documents/Pages/volume-13/1948-indonesia-volume-13.aspx
1996
Journal articles
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Lee D, 2021, 'Labor, the External Affairs Power and the Rights of Aborigines', Labour History: a journal of labour and social history, pp. 49 - 68, http://dx.doi.org/10.3828/jih.2021.4
2021
Lee D, 2021, 'Commonwealth Responsibility and Cold War Solidarity: Australia in Asia, 1944-1974', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF POLITICS AND HISTORY, vol. 67, pp. 175 - 177, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajph.12736
2021
Lee D, 2021, 'Labor, the External Affairs Power and the Rights of Aborigines', Labour History, vol. 120, pp. 49 - 68, http://dx.doi.org/10.3828/jlh.2021.4
2021
Lee D, 2020, 'The Australian Delegation to the Paris Peace Conference: A Biography', Australian Journal of Biography and History
2020
Lee D, 2020, 'Australia's Embargo of the Export of Iron Ore: A Reconsideration', Journal of Australian Mining History, vol. 18, pp. 96 - 112
2020
Lee D, 2016, 'States rights and Australia’s adoption of the statute of Westminster, 1931–1942', History Australia, vol. 13, pp. 258 - 274, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14490854.2016.1186001
2016
Lee D, 2016, 'Jackson, Sir Ronald Gordon (1924-1991)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/jackson-sir-ronald-gordon-23122
2016
Lee D, 2016, 'Comalco's Development of Queensland Bauxite, 1955-1957', Australian Journal of Politics and History, vol. 62, pp. 44 - 58, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajph.12207
2016
Lee D, 2014, 'The development of bauxite at Gove, 1955-1975', Journal of Australasian Mining History, vol. 12, pp. 131 - 147
2014
Lee D, 2013, 'Reluctant relaxation', History Australia, vol. 10, pp. 149 - 170, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14490854.2013.11668485
2013
Lee D, 2012, 'Stanley Melbourne Bruce in London, 1938-41', JOURNAL OF IMPERIAL AND COMMONWEALTH HISTORY, vol. 40, pp. 45 - 64, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03086534.2012.656489
2012
Lee D; Kennedy M, 2007, 'The Credentials Controversy: Australia, Ireland and the Commonwealth, 1950-65', Australasian Journal of Irish Studies, vol. 6, pp. 57 - 82, https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=226857406682605;res=IELAPA
2007
Lee D, 2005, 'The Liberals and Vietnam', Australian Journal of Politics and History, vol. 51, pp. 429 - 439, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8497.2005.0384a.x
2005
Lee D, 1995, 'Britain and Australia's Defence Policy, 1945–1949', War & Society, vol. 13, pp. 61 - 80, http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/072924795791200178
1995
LEE D, 1995, 'AUSTRALIA AND ANGLO-AMERICAN DISAGREEMENT OVER THE QUEMOY-MATSU CRISIS, 1954-55', JOURNAL OF IMPERIAL AND COMMONWEALTH HISTORY, vol. 23, pp. 105 - 128, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03086539508582946
1995
LEE D, 1994, 'THE 1949 FEDERAL-ELECTION - A REINTERPRETATION', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, vol. 29, pp. 501 - 519, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00323269408402309
1994
LEE D, 1993, 'AUSTRALIA AND ALLIED STRATEGY IN THE FAR-EAST, 1952-1957', JOURNAL OF STRATEGIC STUDIES, vol. 16, pp. 511 - 538, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01402399308437531
1993
LEE D, 1992, 'AUSTRALIA, THE BRITISH-COMMONWEALTH, AND THE UNITED-STATES, 1950-1953', JOURNAL OF IMPERIAL AND COMMONWEALTH HISTORY, vol. 20, pp. 445 - 469, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03086539208582880
1992
Lee D, 1992, 'The National Security Planning and Defence Preparations of the Menzies Government, 1950–1953', War & Society, vol. 10, pp. 119 - 138, http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/072924792791198913
1992
LEE D, 1990, 'PROTECTING THE STERLING AREA - THE CHIFLEY GOVERNMENTS RESPONSE TO MULTILATERALISM 1945-9', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, vol. 25, pp. 178 - 195, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00323269008402117
1990
Reports
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Lee D; Fernandes C, 2022, Too Big to Tax, Arena, North Carlton, https://arena.org.au/about/
2022
Lee D, 2019, 'Murphy's Law---the Whitlam Government's Use of the External Affairs Power and its Legacy', Whitlam Institute, Sydney, https://www.whitlam.org/publications/2018/9/24/the-whitlam-legacy-reflections?rq=David%20Lee
2019
Lee D, 2015, Iron Country: Unlocking the Pilbara, Minerals Council of Australia, Canberra, 9, https://www.minerals.org.au/sites/default/files/180619%20Iron%20country.pdf
2015
Working Papers
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Lee D, 2004, Australia and the British Empire between the Wars, King's College London, London, http://dx.doi.org
2004

Interview, ABC RN Breakfast, 'What Lessons Can We take from the Chifley Years as We Recover from COVID-19?',  Hamish MacDonald, 2 October 2020, https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/chifley-pkg/12724696

'The Ghost of Lang Hancock', Inside Story, 19 August 2020. 

Interview with 6PR Radio 22 December 2021 on 'The Republic of Western Australia'.

ABC Radio Rear Vision, Passports, Borders and Identity, 9 February 2022.

Book, Second Rush: Mining and the Transformation of Australia, cited by Andrew Clark, 'The 1980s: When Things Actually Happened', Australian Financial Review, 28 January 2022. 

Book, Second Rush: Mining and the Transformation of Australia, cited by Andrew Clark, 'Why Australian miners 'got big or got out in the 1990s', Australian Financial Review, 25 February 2022. 

Book, Second Rush: Mining and the Transformation of Australia, cited by Andrew Clark, 'Fear and Loathing at BHP and Rio Tinto', and 'The 'China Effect': how the resources boom galvanised Australia', Australian Financial Review, 25 March 2022. 

with Frank Bongiorno, 'What if the 2022 federal election gives us a hung parliament, but those with the balance of power want Morrison gone', Conversation, 28 March 2022

Interview with Jane Richter Triple UFM Shoalhaven Community radio, 'The Australian Election', 30 March 2022.

with Frank Bongiorno, 'Could the 2022 election result in a hung parliament? History shows Australians have nothing to fear from it', Conversation, 22 April 2022. 

'What role is the media likely to play in the election?'. University of New South Wales film, 16 May 2022. 

Interview, SBS TV News, 'The Role of Minor Parties in the Election', 16 May 2022

'Need to renew your passport? The weird history of Australian passports explains how they got so expensive', Conversation, 8 June 2022. 

Interview with ABC Radio Canberra Mornings with Adam Shirley, the Australian Passport, 8 June 2022.

Interview with ABC Radio Sydney, Mornings with James Valentine, the Australian passport, 9 June 2022. 

Interview with ABC Radio Melbourne, David Astle, the Australian passport, 13 June 2022.

Interview with ABC Radio Darwin, Lyrella Couzens, the Australian  passport, 23 June 2022. 

Interview with ABC Radio Nightlife, with Suzanne Hill, 14 July 2022 on passports. https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/nightlife/nightlife/13964390

Interview ABC Overnight Radio with Trevor Chappell, The Australian Passport, 3 October 2022.

Appointed Cabinet Historian, National Archives of Australia, 2022-23. 

Podcast on John Curtin, Robert Menzies Institute, Melbourne, 1 December 2022, Interviewer Georgina Downer, https://www.robertmenziesinstitute.org.au/afternoon-light-podcast/david-lee

Australian diplomatic, political and economic history. 

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