Manning Clark s History of Australia has been nominated as the most influential work of non-fiction Australia has produced. As Donald Horne wrote, Clark looked for great human issues and presented them as moral dramas . In this extract from Volume 5, the tragedy of Gallipoli is played out against the broader Australian experience of World War I, as the nation, still in its infancy, struggled to make sense of the terrible conflict in Europe and its costs. Manning Clark On Gallipoli is the first title in the MUP Masterworks series, which celebrates distinguished Australian writers and ideas. This title s release coincides with the ninetieth anniversary commemorations of the landing at Gallipoli.
Manning Clark was born in Sydney in 1915 and educated at the University of Melbourne and at Balliol College, Oxford. He was a senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne, then Professor of History at the Australian National University. He later became ANU s first Professor of Australian History. In 1975 he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia. He died in 1991.