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 →

Nothing Foolish Here

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... 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 →

Events on in Melbourne

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... Continue Reading →

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