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Dr David Day Academic, History

Dr David Day has been a research fellow at Clare College in Cambridge, an Associate Professor at Bond University and an ARC Senior Research Fellow at La Trobe. He has twice been a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo, served for three years as the Keith Cameron Professor of Australian History at University College Dublin and has been a visiting professor at the University of Aberdeen. His many books include a study of Menzies and Churchill; official histories of the Australian Customs Service and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology; biographies of Australian prime ministers Andrew Fisher, John Curtin, Ben Chifley and Paul Keating; a history of Australia (Claiming a Continent), which introduced the concept of 'supplanting societies' ; a thematic history of the world (Conquest: How societies overwhelm others), which set the notion of 'supplanting societies' into a global context; the first international history of Antarctica; a study of the Antarctic explorer, Douglas Mawson and ground-breaking books on the Second World War. He has won or been short-listed for several literary prizes, including the South Australian Festival Prize for Literature, the National Biography Award, the NSW Premier's Literary Prize, NSW Premier's History Award, the Centre for Australian Cultural Studies National Awards, the Queensland Premier's Literary Award and the Fellowship of Australian Writers Book of the Year.

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