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 →

Radical Wollongong

Radical Wollongong is a new documentary examining the history of Wollongong through the lens of its radical tradition. The film focuses on such issues as industrial disputes over “Pig Iron” being sent to Japan, the 1949 Coal Strike, the role of the Communist Party, the Vietnam War, campaigns for women’s jobs at the steelworks, and... Continue Reading →

Launch of Red Apple: & Silvertown - 5.30 for 6.00pm, Wednesday 5 March, 2014 - Victoria University Bar, Building M at the VU Footscray Park campus on Ballarat Road, Footscray  by Professor Stuart Macintyre:    Phillip Deery, Red Apple: Communism and McCarthyism in Cold War New York (New York: Fordham University Press, 2014). From the late 1940s... Continue Reading →

‘Labour History’ and its Political Role – A New Landscape: by Terry Irving

We re-post here a thoughtful discussion by Associate Professor Terry Irving. Click here to view this post on the Radical Sydney blog. **** **** Terry Irving was co-author of Class Structure in Australian History (1980, 1992) and became a prominent labour historian. He edited the journal Labour History, 1990-1998, and was President of the Australian Society for the Study of... Continue Reading →

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