Dr Hamish Graham

BA (Hons), BSc, MA (Research), Wellington; PhD, Sydney; DipTch, NZ; GradDipHEd, UNSW
School of Humanities & Languages


9385 2337
Room MB 367, Morven Brown
Kensington Campus
Fields: History: European, Historical Studies
Tags: Understanding Europe's Past, Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology


I am a History lecturer in the School of Humanities & Languages, specialising in Europe during the Early Modern period (c. 1500-1800) and the nineteenth century. My research investigates the development, implementation and reception of forest policies in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century France.

My current work examines the forest administration of Old Regime France -- the Eaux et Forêts -- as they strove to assess, monitor and organise the woodland resources of the kingdom's south-western province of Aquitaine. In the eighteenth century these men were agents of royal authority, venal office-holders who had both administrative and judicial powers. My research examines not only their attempts to develop detailed plans for the management and exploitation of woodlands, but also their activities as law-enforcers.

As many commentators insisted at the time, the competition for timber and trees was becoming more intense during the eighteenth century. Apart from the surviving papers of forestry officials, I am therefore interested in the documentation of forest "crimes" and litigation. Court records and police reports offer evidence about disputes over forest resources at the grassroots of society, although such sources are not easy to interpret: many file are incomplete, and the people whose opinions and actions were documented did not always tell the truth.

The need to deal historically with the records and procedures of criminal justice has drawn me to develop research and teaching interests that range more widely over time and space. To that end I have designed and taught undergraduate courses that are available to students majoring in either Criminology or History. I have also published and reviewed several studies on the history of criminal justice.

Unpublished research papers presented at international conferences:

'“Seeking Information on Who was Responsible”: Policing the Woodlands of Old Regime France'. Presented to 20th George Rudé Seminar in French History & Civilisation (WSU Parramatta), 2016. 

'Mastery and Mystery: Information Management and the Old Régime's Eaux et Forêts in South-Western France'. Presented to 59th Annual Conference of the Society for French Historical Studies (Cambridge, Massachusetts), 2013.

'Frontiers of Knowledge during the Eighteenth Century: The Sea, the State and the Countryside in South-Western France'. Presented (in absentia) to 36th Annual Meeting of the Western Society for French History (Québec, Canada), 2008.

'Call that a Forest? Environmental Attitudes in Rural France during the Eighteenth Century'. Presented to 52nd Annual Conference of the Society for French Historical Studies (Urbana-Champaign, Illinois), 2006.

'Saving Private Woods: Naval Priorities, Forestry Officials and Rural Reactions in the Eighteenth Century'. Presented to 14th George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation (Melbourne), 2004.

'Resisting the Old Regime: Landowners' Responses to Forestry Regulations in South-Western France'. Presented to 34th Annual Conference of the Consortium on Revolutionary Europe (High Point, North Carolina), 2004. 
This work was subsequently published in Consortium on Revolutionary Europe, 1750–1850. Selected Papers, 2004, ed. Frederick C. SCHNEID (High Point, NC: High Point University, 2008), pp.62–71.

Book reviews

I have reviewed books for academic journals such as: Australian Journal of Politics & History, Canadian Journal of History, French History [UK], History Australia, Labour History [Aust.]

Refereed manuscripts

I have also refereed manuscripts of books & articles for the following: Cambridge University Press [US], Environment & History, French Historical Studies [US], French History and Civilization, Palgrave Macmillan [UK]

My research publications are listed under the next tab. (Disclaimer: I am not personally responsible for inconsistencies, omissions or other errors in the following list.)


In 2016 I am scheduled to teach the following courses.

Semester 1:

ARTS2272, Europe in Turmoil. Renaissance to Revolutions

CRIM3021, History from Crime

(Please note that CRIM3021 can count towards a major in either Criminology or History.)

Semester 2:

• ARTS2273, Nineteenth-Century Europe: Towards War and Revolution 

CRIM2041, Crime & Punishment in Historical Perspective 

(Please note that CRIM2041 can count towards a major in either Criminology or History.)

I also expect to make contributions to:

• ARTS1780, Concepts of Europe (Semester 1)

Affiliations and membership

Subscribing member:

• Rudé Society (Australia)

• Groupe d'histoire des forêts françaises (France)

• Society for French Historical Studies (US)

Related links

See also UNSW Research Gateway: http://research.unsw.edu.au/people/dr-hamish-graham

Other information

In recent years I have supervised research projects by Honours and PhD students in the following areas:

• Historical Fiction: Validating or Victimising Women?

• A Comparative Study of Women in Medieval Inquisitions.

• Investigating the Past as both Historian and Playwright (co-supervised with M. Mumford & C. Grant, Theatre & Performance Studies).

• The State Hermitage Museum: Art and Power in Russian History.

• Henry V and Changing Representations of Kingship and Masculinity.

• Commemorating the Vietnam War and the Guerre d’Algérie in the United States and France (co-supervised with I. Tyrrell, History).

• Popular Literature and Popular Culture in Early Modern England (co-supervised with M. Azzolini, History).

• Fashion in the French Revolution.