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NO WAY BUT THIS: IN SEARCH OF PAUL ROBESON by Jeff Sparrow To be launched by TONY BIRCH Venue BELLA UNION Cnr Victoria St & Lygon St Carlton Date THURSDAY 16TH MARCH Time 5:30 FOR 6PM RSVP Friday 10th March to danielle@scribepub.com.au or (03) 9388 8787 or online Paul Robeson was an actor and performer, a… Read More

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By Rowan Cahill When Yarn Spinners was initially published in 2001 by University of Queensland Press, it was lengthily titled Yarn Spinners. A Story in Letters: Dymphna Cusack, Florence James, Miles Franklin. Marilla North was credited as ‘Editor’.  The title partially explained the contents of the book, but did not do justice to the nature… Read More

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Melbourne University’s School of Historical and Philosophical Studies is running a Public Seminar on “Social Movements, Archives and Memory” – Wednesday 8 February 2017, 1.30pm – 3.30pm. Arts West Building, Lectorial Room 156, North Wing, The University of Melbourne, Parkville. This event will bring together a variety of people working with social movement archives in Melbourne. Each will give a short presentation about their work followed by a… Read More

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By Kevin Peoples The following is a speech given by Kevin at the launch of his book From the Top of the Hill at the Bentleigh RSL earlier this year. Sometimes, if we are to understand highly complex human tragedies like WWI, we begin by reducing them to the personal. And sometimes, because of our… Read More

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By Michael Hamel-Green Review of The Conscription Conflict and the Great War, edited by Robin Archer, Joy Damousi, Murray Goot and Sean Scalmer (Monash University Publishing: Clayton, 2016), paper $29.95. The First World War was to take the lives of eleven million soldiers on both sides, seven million civilians, and, as a further consequence, the… Read More

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By Allan Patience Compared to Max Weber and Emile Durkheim, Karl Marx is perhaps the most misused and abused of this trinity of early and most original of social and political theorists of modernity. All three were profoundly disturbed by the emerging trajectories of capitalism. All three were deeply pessimistic about its future (in Weber’s case… Read More

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By Judith Smart The following is the text of a lecture given by Judy Smart to the Brunswick Coburg Anti-conscription Commemoration Committee, 3 May 2016. It is reproduced here with the author’s permission.    When feminist historians, led by Carmel Shute in 1975, first started writing about the part played by women on the Australian… Read More

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Call for Papers Brisbane, 23-25 September 2017 Convened by the Brisbane Labour History Association (BLHA) on behalf of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History (ASSLH) Today, the Australian working class are workers of the world: in the sense that we are a predominantly immigrant working class (or the descendants of relatively recent… Read More

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Book Review of When We Were Young & Foolish, by Greg Sheridan, Allen and Unwin, 2015. By Brian Boyd   Putting aside the persistent name-dropping, describing himself as the “hero” of his own memoir on more than one occasion and the desperation to be seen in a good light, on every second page, this book is… Read More

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A selection of some of the books by Australian radical historians that have meant a lot to us as scholars and activists writing and exploring radical history for ten years together, and for much longer separately. The books selected have either never made it into the academic history canon or, if they did, are now neglected. by Rowan… Read More

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Monash University Publishing and Victorian Trades Hall Council are delighted to invite you to the launch of The Conscription Conflict and the Great War   Edited by Robin Archer, Joy Damousi, Murray Goot and Sean Scalmer  To be launched by The Hon Bill Shorten MP With MC Luke Hilakari                                                                                                                  When: Thursday 27 October 2016, 6.00 for… Read More

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  The Brunswick Coburg Anti-Conscription Commemoration committee have launched a Pozible (crowd funding) campaign to get Tom Barker’s Anti-Conscription/Anti-War poster reprinted and onto the streets. They need to raise $1340 to print around 200 large scale reproductions of the poster. You can donate to the cause via the campaign site. The committee is also busy organising lots… Read More

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