Professor Brett Bowden

Professor Brett Bowden

Arts (SoHCA)

Humanities (Arts)


Brett Bowden is Professor of History and Politics in the School of Humanities & Communication Arts at the University of Western Sydney. He is a multi-award-winning author and has previously held appointments at the University of Queensland, The Australian National University, and the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy. He has held visiting positions in the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster in London, and in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research at Bielefeld University in Germany. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (UK) and an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales. He is a recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award from Flinders University.

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  • PhD The Australian National University


  • Norbert Elias Prize 2011 2013-04-24
  • APSA Crisp Prize 2014 2014-09-30
  • Distinguished Alumni Award 2018 Flinders University 2019-03-07
  • G W Symes Award Royal Geographical Society SA 2019-02-15

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Arts (SoHCA)
  • Humanities (Arts)


Phone: 6869
(02) 8246 6869
Location: 5.G.10

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  • Bowden, B. (2017), 'The Strange Persistence of Universal History in Political Thought', : Palgrave Macmillan 9783319524092.
  • Bowden, B. (2017), 'Hurtle Clifford Bald', : Ginninderra Press .
  • Bowden, B. (2016), 'Direct Hit: The Bombing of Darwin Post Office', : Rosenberg 9781925078848.
  • Bowden, B. (2013), 'Civilization and War', : Edward Elgar 9781782545712.
  • Bowden, B. (2009), 'The Empire of Civilization: the Evolution of an Imperial Idea', : University of Chicago Press 9780226068145.
  • Bowden, B., Jaensch, D. and Brent, P. (2004), 'Australian Political Parties in the Spotlight', : Democratic Audit of Australia 9780975192559.

Chapters in Books

  • Bowden, B. (2021), 'Eurocentrism and civilization', Routledge Handbook of Historical International Relations, Routledge 9780815347644.
  • Bowden, B. (2016), 'Civilization and its consequences', Oxford Handbooks Online: Scholarly Research Reviews, Oxford University Press 9780199930234.
  • Bowden, B. (2015), '1968 : politics takes to the pavement', Crowd Actions in Britain and France from the Middle Ages to the Modern World, Palgrave Macmillan 9780230203983.
  • Bowden, B. (2013), 'Saving civilization from itself', Culture & Civilization : Volume 5 : Cosmopolitanism and the Global Polity, Transaction 9781412849739.
  • Bowden, B. (2012), 'Colonialism, anti-colonialism and the idea of progress', History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems, UNESCO-EOLSS 9781848267763.
  • Bowden, B. (2012), 'Moral imperialism', Intercultural Discourse - Key and Contested Concepts, Karl Alber 9783495485415.
  • Bowden, B. (2010), 'Civilizational Security', The Routledge Handbook of New Security Studies, Routledge 9780415484374.
  • Bowden, B. (2010), 'Civilization and Savagery', The Ashgate Research Companion to Modern Warfare, Ashgate 9780754674108.
  • Bowden, B. (2009), 'Defining Democracy in International Institutions', The Role of International Law in Rebuilding Societies after Conflict: Great Expectations, Cambridge University Press 9780521509947.
  • Bowden, B., Charlesworth, H. and Farrall, J. (2009), 'Introduction', The Role of International Law in Rebuilding Societies after Conflict: Great Expectations, Cambridge University Press 9780521509947.
  • Bowden, B. (2008), 'Terror(s) throughout the Ages, 1605-2005', Terror: From Tyrannicide to Terrorism in Europe, Routledge 9780702235993.
  • Bowden, B. (2008), 'Post-colonial Nationalist Philosophies, 1945-1980s', Nations and Nationalism: A Global Historical Overview, ABC-CLIO 9781851099078.
  • Bowden, B. (2008), 'The Ebb and Flow of Peoples, Ideas and Innovations: Towards a Global History of Political Thought', Western Political Thought in Dialogue with Asia, Lexington Books 9780739123782.
  • Bowden, B. and Seabrooke, L. (2007), 'Global Standards of Market Civilization', Civilizational Identity: The Production and Reproduction of "Civilizations" in International Relations, Palgrave 9781403975447.
  • Bowden, B. and Seabrooke, L. (2006), 'Civilizing Global Market Standards: Double-Edged Discourses and their Policy Implications', Global Standards of Market Civilization, Routledge 9780415375450.
  • Bowden, B. and Seabrooke, L. (2006), 'Civilizing Markets through Global Standards', Global Standards of Market Civilization, Routledge 9780415375450.
  • Bowden, B. (2006), 'Civilization, Standards, and Markets', Global Standards of Market Civilization, Routledge 9780415375450.
  • Bowden, B. (2005), 'Standard of Civilisation', Routledge Encyclopedia of International Relations and Global Politics, Routledge 9780415459181.
  • Bowden, B. (2005), 'Global Civil Society', Routledge Encyclopedia of International Relations and Global Politics, Routledge 9780415459181.
  • Bowden, B. (2004), 'Reinventing Imperialism in the Wake of September 11', September 11 and World Politics, Fatih University Press 9789753030113.

Journal Articles

  • Bowden, B. (2020), 'Frontiers : old, new, and final', The European Legacy, vol 25, no 6 , pp 671 - 686.
  • Bowden, B. (2020), 'A case for the history of ideas', Histories, vol 1, no 1 , pp 5 - 9.
  • Bowden, B. (2019), 'In the name of civilization : war, conquest, and colonialism', Pleyade, vol 23 , pp 73 - 100.
  • Bowden, B. (2017), 'Civilization : "it means just what I choose it to mean"', Society, vol 54, no 2 , pp 126 - 132.
  • Bowden, B. (2017), 'The 'idea' of universal history : what the owl heard, the angel saw, and the idiot said', New Global Studies, vol 11, no 3 , pp 197 - 209.
  • Bowden, B. (2016), 'The bombing of Darwin : telecommunications in times of war', Australian Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy, vol 4, no 1 , pp 1 - 14.
  • Bowden, B. (2014), 'Civilization : the essence of an evaluative descriptive concept', Journal of Civilization Studies, vol 1, no 2 , pp 1 - 23.
  • Bowden, B. (2014), 'To rethink standards of civilisation, start with the end', Millennium: Journal of International Studies, vol 42, no 3 , pp 614 - 631.
  • Bowden, B. (2013), ''Poisons disguised with honey' : European expansion and the sacred trust of civilization', The European Legacy, vol 18, no 2 , pp 151 - 169.
  • Bowden, B. (2012), 'Politics in a world of civilizations : long-term perspectives on relations between peoples', Human Figurations: Long-term Perspectives on the Human Condition, vol 1, no 2 .
  • Bowden, B. (2011), 'The thin ice of civilization', Alternatives, vol 36, no 2 , pp 118 - 135.
  • Bowden, B. (2011), 'What Price Peace? On the dialectical relationship between civilization and war', International Journal of Peace Studies, vol 16, no 1 , pp 1 - 22.
  • Bowden, B. (2007), 'The river of inter-civilisational relations: The ebb and flow of peoples, ideas and innovations', Third World Quarterly, vol 28, no 7 , pp 1359 - 1374.
  • Bowden, B. (2007), 'The terror(s) of our time(s)', Social Identities, vol 13, no 4 , pp 541 - 554.
  • Bowden, B. (2007), 'Civilization and Savagery in the Crucible of War', Global Change, Peace & Security (UK) 1478-1158, vol 19, no 1 , pp 3 - 16.
  • Bowden, B. (2006), 'Civil society, the state, and the limits to global civil society', Global Society, vol 20, no 2 , pp 155 - 178.
  • Bowden, B. (2005), 'The Colonial Origins of International Law: European Expansion and the Classical Standard of Civilisation', Journal of the History of International Law/Revue d'histoire du droit international (EU) 1388-199X, vol 7, no 1 , pp 1 - 23.
  • Bowden, B. (2004), 'In the name of progress and peace: The "standard of civilization" and the universalizing project', Alternatives, vol 29, no 1 , pp 43 - 68.
  • Bowden, B. (2004), 'The Ideal of Civilisation: Its Origins and Socio-Political Character', Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy (UK), vol 7, no 1 , pp 25 - 50.
  • Bowden, B. (2003), 'Nationalism and cosmopolitanism: Irreconcilable differences or possible bedfellows?', National Identities, vol 5, no 3 , pp 235 - 250.
  • Bowden, B. (2003), 'The perils of global citizenship', Citizenship Studies, vol 7, no 3 , pp 349 - 362.
  • Bowden, B. (2002), 'Reinventing Imperialism in the Wake of September 11', Alternatives: Turkish Journal of International Relations 1303-5525, vol 1, no 2 , pp 28 - 46.

Previous Projects

Title: Nixon and India: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Estrangement of India
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Sarah Graham and Brett Bowden
Years: 2012-10-24 - 2013-11-24
ID: P00021119


Professor Bowden is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Empire in the Periphery: An Analysis of British Imperial Expansionism (and its underlying goals and strategies) in Southeast Asia between 1820 and 1899
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: On the Far Side of National Historiographies: World War I, Minorities and the Un-mixing of Populations (History of Migrations and Diasporas).
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The Role of the Commander in Chief: An Examination in American History from Washington to Obama
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The Coherence of EU Crisis Management in the South Caucasus: The Cases of South Ossetia and Abkhazia
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: On Being Modern: A Phenomenological Approach to Arab Modernity
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Human Rights and the United States Foreign Policy Towards the Arab World After the End of the Cold War.
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: To what extent have the major International Relations theories influenced Australia's foreign policy formulation, with particular regard to Australia's arms control policies since World War II
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: The Spirit of British India: The Impact of John Stuart Mill's Political Thought on British India, 1855 - 1880
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The Conflict between Lebanon and Israel (1992-2006) - What are the Origins, Character and Significance of Hezbollah?
Field of Research: Other Creative Arts
Thesis Title: A Pretext for Power: The United States, Anti-Communism and Democrats in Latin America, 1930-1965
Field of Research: History; Other Society And Culture; Political Science And Policy Studies
Thesis Title: Histories of the Old Empire. The Americas in the historical thought of Spain and Great Britain (1824-1850)
Field of Research: History

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