Democratic Opposition to War The 1916-17 anti-conscription campaigns: Impacts and legacies

Conference: 20 May 2017, 9am-4.30pm, Siteworks, 33 Saxon Street, Brunswick 2017 marks the centenary of the defeat of the 1917 conscription plebiscite. During 1917, in the midst of the war, Australian anti-conscription campaigners succeeded in defeating the introduction of conscription for a second time. This was a unique example of popular opposition to conscription in the countries engaged in WW1,... Continue Reading →

History and the Working Class Now: the Collective Impulse, Tumult and Democracy

Terry Irving Terry Irving was invited to address the Sydney Historical Research Network in March 2017, as part of a session on ‘Histories of Class Now’. The other speakers were Hannah Forsyth and Elizabeth Humphrys. Each of them was asked to say something about their current research. A revised version of his address, followed by... Continue Reading →

A SHELF OF REDS by Rowan Cahill and Terry Irving

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... Continue Reading →

Linebaugh: metaphors, rebellion, and socialist dreaming

By Rowan Cahill   A discussion of Peter Linebaugh, The Incomplete, True, Authentic, and Wonderful History of May Day (Oakland: PM Press, 2016). Writing in 1896, not long before his death, indefatigable socialist thought-maker and dreamer William Morris wrote that May Day is “above all days of the year fitting for the protest of the disinherited... 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 →

NIBS UNDERGROUND BOOK TALK – JOHN TULLY ON THE SILVERTOWN STRIKE

John Tully will give a talk on his 2014 book, Silvertown – The Lost Story of a Strike that Shook London and Helped Launch the Modern Labour Movement  on Tuesday 10 February at the New International Bookshop (basement of Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St, Carlton, 6:45pm for 7pm start). Silvertown was reviewed by Terry Irving in our July... Continue Reading →

Australia’s radical tradition – Terry Irving and the Southern Tree of Liberty

In 2006 Terry Irving’s majestic The Southern Tree of Liberty – The Democratic Movement in New South Wales before 1856 was published by Federation Press. It is somewhat surprising, therefore, that eight years on Terry Irving has been moved to write about the book’s muted, and misunderstood, reception in Australia. It is surprising because the book, which... Continue Reading →

FIGHTING AGAINST WAR: PEACE ACTIVISM IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

Registrations have now closed. The conference will be held at Queen's College, University of Melbourne, 11-13 February 2015. Keynote speakers for the 14th biennial Labour History conference are Professors Verity Burgmann, Marilyn Lake, and Bruce Scates. The conference is supported by the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, the National Tertiary Education Union,Swinburne... Continue Reading →

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