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You can find Peter’s books on the Middle East at

For copies of Francesca’s papers on tertiary education go the VOCED plus repository at

Herzl’s Nightmare — one land, two peoples by Peter Rodgers

Cover of Herzl's NightmareTheodor Herzl’s dream of a national homeland for the Jewish people was realized when Israel declared its independence in 1948. Yet it was made possible through the deaths of millions of European Jews and at the expense of Palestinian society—a people who would never forget what they saw as a grave injustice. Herzl’s dream would prove illusory. Peter Rodgers is a brave man. He has the courage to write what many of us feel about the Arab-Israel conflict but dare not say—that our world is hostage to a struggle with no apparent solution in a blood-soaked land that is captive to past…This is a brilliant, timely and disturbing book.

Phillip Knightley, author of The First Casualty

Arabian Plights — the future Middle East

Cover of Arabian PlightsThe Arab footprint on our world is profound – from Islam to astronomy, from oil to Osama bin Laden. But can the threads of a shared language, a mostly shared religion, and overlapping historical experience equip Arab states to meet the demands of the twenty-first century? The demand for food, water, education, and jobs, all driven by huge population growth, plus the big picture issues of global warming and national and regional security are the stuff of nightmares.‘Rodgers not only asks the pertinent question, “What will the Middle East look like in 2020″, but is courageous enough to have a stab at answering it and to prescribe what needs to be done to avoid disaster.’
Robert Newton, former Australian diplomat

‘… any readers of his book would put it down significantly better informed than when they picked it up.’
Jake Lynch, Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney

‘… a knowledgeable, passionate, intelligent argument for change in Western dealings with the Middle East.’
Sarah Hogan, Media Culture reviews

Both available on

Putting life into years : the Commonwealth’s role in Australia’s health since 1901 / by Francesca Beddie

A history of the Department of Health:

Francesca Beddie has put together a comprehensive and informative account of the history of the Commonwealth’s evolving role in health matters during the past century… Milton Lewis, University of Sydney, Health and History, 4/2 2002

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