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The History Herd

Australian Intellectuals: Their Strange History and Pathological Tendencies by Greg Melleuish Connor Court, 2013, 74 pages, $19.95 The author of this compelling work, Greg Melleuish, plies his trade as historian and political theorist at the University of Wollongong where he is an associate professor. He is probably well known to most Quadrant readers, though perhaps the derivation of his unusual and interesting family name is much less well known. Melleuish is a locational surname from Devonshire which dates from about the seventh century and it may mean “a brightly coloured hide of land”, or “a hide of land covered with…

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