The view from Fort Michilimackinac. A position of strength, or vulnerability? It all depends, of course, on your perspective.

The value of history lies in teaching us to look at the world from different perspectives, revealing new insights about the past, and the present. This website documents some of the ways I've tried to do this in my own work, and reveals some of the sources that push us to think differently about the world in which we now live.

About Michael

Michael is Professor in Early American History at the University of Sydney. Find out about his current projects, key publications, and awards/honours.


Take a look at Michael's publications, including the award-winning Masters of Empire: Great Lakes Indians and the Making of America (2015).

WMQ Index

A list of every article published in the 3rd ser. of the William and Mary Quarterly (1944 to present), including links through to each article.


Acknowledgement of Country

I would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the traditional owners and custodians of the land on which the University of Sydney has been built, and which were taken from them without their consent, treaty or compensation.

This land has always been a learning space for many Aboriginal nations, and as teachers and students we can draw strength and guidance from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, one of the oldest knowledge systems in the world.