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 →

Book Launch. No Way But This: In Search of Paul Robeson by Jeff Sparrow

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... 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 →

Public Seminar: “Social Movements, Archives and Memory”

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... Continue Reading →

Jack’s War

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... Continue Reading →

The Conscription Conflict and the Great War

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... Continue Reading →

A review of Gareth Stedman Jones, “Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion”

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... Continue Reading →

Opposing War: Women’s Protest in World War I

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... Continue Reading →

Workers of the World: the 15th Biennial National Labour History Conference

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... Continue Reading →

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