Asian Horizons is published in honour of the great scholar of Asia, Professor Giuseppe Tucci (1894–1984) as the final volume of the long-running Serie Orientale Roma, of the Istituto Italiano per l'Africa e I'Oriente.
Through the work of present-day scholars, both senior and emerging, this book represents efforts to maintain the impetus of the profound legacy left by Professor Tucci. Renowned to this day as a founding scholar in an extraordinarily wide variety of disciplines, as well as being an explorer of hitherto largely unknown lands such as Tibet, Professor Tucci gained a deep knowledge of Asia through a familiarity with its people, places and literature.
His contribution to modern scholarship is nothing less than remarkable. The volume reflects the broad variety of topics in which Professor Tucci displayed deep interest and serves as a homage to his work.
A perfected modern battle plan is like nothing so much as a score for an orchestral composition, where the various arms and units are the instruments, and the tasks they perform are their respective musical phrases. Every individual unit must make its entry precisely at the proper moment and play its phrase in the general harmony.
– John Monash
Who was the most innovative general of World War I? For Tim Fischer, the answer has to be Australia's John Monash, a man who, for all the recognition he received in his lifetime and after, has arguably not been given his proper due within the major military histories of that conflict.
Mr Fischer also considers why Monash was never promoted to Field Marshal, as international precedent suggested was appropriate. He points the finger primarily at the Australian prime minister from 1915 to 1923, Billy Hughes, within a wider context of establishment suspicion towards Monash as the son of a German-Jewish migrant. He asks whether a posthumous granting of the Field Marshal rank might now constitute a due reward for this great servant of the Australian nation and a salutary reminder of his legacy.
Australia's inner-city areas experienced an upheaval in the 1960s and 1970s that left them changed forever. But people from all walks of life valued suburbs such as Sydney's Balmain and Melbourne's Carlton, Battery Point in Hobart and Indooroopilly in Brisbane, Perth's Subiaco and North Adelaide, and were able to resist large-scale development projects involving freeways, "slum clearance" and mass-produced high-rise buildings.
Many suburbs kept their village qualities; shopping strips were revived and cultures celebrated. While areas such as Fitzroy in Melbourne were derided as "Trendyville", the fate many American cities suffered – a "hollow core" – had been avoided. In the process, heritage conservation, party politics and Australian assumptions about domestic life, education and lifestyle had all been transformed.
This in-depth examination of the causes and consequences of urban protest in a democracy shows how this protest changed the built environment as well as its participants and continues to resonate within institutionalised forms of politics, public communications and multiculturalism.