Emeritus Professor Peter Dennis

Emeritus Professor
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Peter Dennis is Emeritus Professor of History and Visiting Fellow in the School of Humanities & Social Sciences. He is a graduate of the University of Adelaide and Adelaide Teachers College (1966), and of Duke University (MA 1968; PhD 1970). He taught at The Royal Military College of Canada, The University  of Western Ontario the Faculty of Military Studies at RMC Duntroon, before joining UNSW Canberra at the new ADFA campus in 1986. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1972, and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2003. He was head of the Department of History at UNSW Canberra from 1989 to 1998, and was joint founding editor of the journal War & Society. He has been closely involved with the reation and maintenance of the 'Australian Anzacs in the Great War' and 'New Zealand's Great War databases.


Bou J; Dennis P; Dalgleish P; Grey APSOHJ, 2016, The Australian Imperial Force The Centenary History of Australia and the Great War

Dennis PJ; Grey JG, 1996, Emergency and confrontation: Australian military operations in Malaya and Borneo 1950-1966, Original, Allen and Unwin, St Leonards, NSW

Dennis PJ; Grey JG; Morris EH; Prior RG, 1995, The Oxford Companion to Australian Military History, Original, Oxford University Press, Melbourne

Book Chapters

Dennis PJ, 2017, 'The Malayan Emergency', in Charles Bean: Man, Myth, Legacy, UNSW Press, Sydney, pp. 159 - 168

Dennis PJ, 2010, 'Out in the midday sun: The loss of HMAS Sydney II', in Stockings C (ed.), Zombie Myths of Australian Military History, edn. 1st, UNSW Press, Sydney Australia, pp. 116 - 139

Dennis PJ, 2010, 'The Unknown and the Unknowable: The Loss of HMAS Sydney', in Imponderable but Not Inevitable - Warfare in the 20th Century, edn. Original, Praeger Security International - An Imprint of ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara CA, USA, pp. 23 - 40

Dennis PJ; Grey JG, 2003, 'Australia and New Zealand', in Higham R; Showalter DE (ed.), Researching World War I, edn. Original, Greenwood Press, Westport, Conn; London, pp. 265 - 278

Dennis PJ, 2002, 'Netherlands East Indies, 1945-1947:An Unwelcome Commitment', in Thompson J (ed.), The Imperial War Museum Book of Modern Warfare British and Commonwealth Forces at War 1945-2000, edn. 1, Sidgwick and Jackson, Basingstoke, pp. 29 - 48

Dennis PJ, 2002, 'Australia and the `Singapore Strategy`', in Farrell B; Hunter S (ed.), Sixty Years On The Fall of Singapore, edn. 1, Eastern Universities Press, Singapore, pp. 29 - 41

Dennis PJ, 1996, 'Evatt and the Indonesian revolution: the early phase', in Brave new world: Dr HV Evatt and AUstralian Foreign Policy 1941-1949, edn. Original, Queensland University Press, St Lucia, Queensland, pp. 102 - 116

Dennis PJ, 1996, 'Australia and Indonesia: the early years', in Australia and the end of the empires, edn. Original, Deakin University Press, Geelong, pp. 43 - 52

Journal articles

Dennis PJ, 2010, 'Mortality Risk Factors During the 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic in the Australian Army', Journal of Infectious Diseases, vol. 201, pp. 1880 - 1889, http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/652868

Dennis PJ, 2009, 'Empire Lost: Britain, The Dominions and The Second World War', Journal of Military History, vol. 73, pp. 984 - 985

Dennis PJ, 2006, 'No Small Talk: Review of David Horner`s `Strategic Command: General Sir John Wilton and Australia`s Asian Wars', Australian Book Review, vol. May, pp. 19 - 19

Dennis PJ, 2006, 'Forgotten armies: The fall of British Asia, 1941-1945', Journal of British Studies, vol. 45, pp. 229 - 230