Marxist Left Review
Year one of the Abbott government
Louise O’Shea explains why the Abbott government is the most unpopular first term government in Australian history.
'The Southern Tree of Liberty' explained
Terry Irving’s book The Southern Tree of Liberty was subsidised by the NSW government for its celebration of the Sesquicentenary of Responsible Government in 2006. However, unlike others in the series, his book was not recognised by the government. It celebrates working people, their grievances, their organisations and the struggle for democracy before 1856 as revealed by working class newspapers, many never consulted by historians before. Marxist Left Review is pleased to publish Irving’s defence of his book, which is a challenge to academic historians.
Understanding imperialism: a reply to Sam King
Patrick Weiniger replies to Sam King’s article on imperialism in Marxist Left Review 8.
US imperialism and the war for the Middle East
Corey Oakley analyses the counter-revolutions which have swept across the Arab world since the mass revolts of 2011. He documents the inevitable but weakened intervention by the US but also the vital reactionary role played by the Middle East powers as they compete with each other to dominate the region. Purchase the print edition to read this article.
The hidden history of Islamophobia
Vashti Kenway argues that Australia has a long history of discrimination against Muslims, culminating in the rabid Islamophobia promoted by both Liberal and Labor governments to justify Australia’s involvement in a series of wars in the Middle East. She takes a critical look at “liberal Islamophobia” which provides a veneer of moderation for anti-Muslim racism. Purchase the print edition to read this article.
How World War One led to class war
World War I began with only tiny numbers opposing Australia’s involvement, but by 1916 a mass anti-conscription campaign split the Labor party. Mick Armstrong traces how the imperialist war ended in a surge of industrial militancy and political radicalism. Purchase the print edition to read this article.
Why you should read 'This Earth of Mankind'
Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s historical novel Bumi Manusia (This Earth of Mankind) was published by Penguin in 1983. Along with later novels by the author it is still in print and is now available as an ebook. Their translator, Max Lane, argues they should be read by anyone wanting to understand the history of Indonesia in the late twentieth century. Purchase the print edition to read this article.