Childe Unbound

By Rowan Cahill What follows is in part a review, but also a commentary, and it benefits from the perspective of an insider. As Terry Irving notes in his Acknowledgements to The Fatal Lure of Politics: The Life and Thought of Vere Gordon Childe (2020), I encouraged his “political intentions for the book” and read... Continue Reading →

The Peterloo Massacre of 1819

By L W Maher Jacqueline Riding, The Story of the Manchester Massacre: Peterloo Foreword by Mike Leigh (An Apollo Book - Head of Zeus, 2018) On 16 August 1819, a very large number of men, women and children, estimated to be more than 60,000, assembled at St Peter’s Field in Manchester. There were farm labourers, weavers, factory... Continue Reading →

ON THE MARGINS

By Rowan Cahill An overview of the work of Iain McIntyre, and a review of his anthology, On the Fly! Hobo Literature and Songs, 1879-1941. Melbourne-based left activist Iain McIntyre is many things, most recently a doctoral graduate with a thesis, and potential book, dealing with environmental direct action between 1979 and 1990 in Australia,... Continue Reading →

Sally McManus: On Fairness

Book Review by Janet McCalman Sally McManus, On Fairness (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2019). 9780522874853 (pbk) 9780522874860 (ebook) 100 pp. This is a little book not only of big ideas but of immense passion and relevance. It could not be more timely, as the world staggers under the burden of ever-increasing unfairness and inequality, a burden... Continue Reading →

E.P. Thompson: A Twentieth-Century Romantic

By Peter Love Book Review of Christos Efstathiou, E.P.Thompson: A Twentieth-Century Romantic (London: Merlin Press, 2015). pp. x + 248. £25 HB.   This book began life as a doctoral thesis at the University of London where Efstathiou was encouraged by, among others, Michael Barratt Brown, Eric Hobsbawm, Sheila Rowbotham and Dorothy Thompson. Like all good thesis... Continue Reading →

VINTAGE RED

by Rowan Cahill There is a vast amount of material, published and otherwise, relating to the history of the Communist Party of Australia/CPA (1920-1991). Examination of the footnotes to Stuart Macintyre’s first volume of the history of the CPA, The Reds (1998), attests to this, as does familiarity with the two resource bibliographies of CPA... Continue Reading →

Hinterland: A Memoir

John Myrtle  Review of Chris Mullin, Hinterland: A Memoir (London: Profile Books, 2016), pp. 271. £20 cloth There is something unusual about a politician who when preselected for parliament would be described as ‘a certifiable lunatic’ by his party leader; and who some years later would be labelled by Rupert Murdoch’s Sun newspaper as a... Continue Reading →

North on Cusack

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... Continue Reading →

Radical History: Thinking, Writing and Engagement

By Terry Irving and Rowan Cahill   Kicking away the props In recent years, in various places and on our blog “Radical Sydney/Radical History”, we have written about radical history. As radical historians we seek out, explore, and celebrate the diversities of alternatives and oppositions, arguing there is a basic tension between radical history and... Continue Reading →

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