Number 9 - Summer 2014
Year one of the Abbott government
- Written by Louise O'Shea
Louise O’Shea explains why the Abbott government is the most unpopular first term government in Australian history.
'The Southern Tree of Liberty' explained
- Written by Terry Irving
Terry Irving’s book The Southern Tree of Liberty 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.
US imperialism and the war for the Middle East
- Written by Corey Oakley
Corey Oakley analyses the counter-revolutions which have swept across the Arab world since the mass revolts of 2011.
The hidden history of Islamophobia
- Written by Vashti Kenway
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.
How World War One led to class war
- Written by Mick Armstrong
World War I began with only tiny numbers opposing Australia’s involvement, but by 1916 a mass anti-conscription campaign split the Labor party. By Mick Armstrong.
Why you should read 'This Earth of Mankind'
- Written by Max Lane
Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s historical novel Bumi Manusia (This Earth of Mankind) was published by Penguin in 1983. Max Lane, argues it should be read by anyone wanting to understand the history of Indonesia in the late twentieth century.