Terry Irving is a radical educationist and historian who taught history and politics
at the University of Sydney. He was one of the founders of the Free University (Sydney)
and a prominent New Left figure in the labour history movement in Australia. He writes in
the radical history tradition about class analysis, youth politics, labour intellectuals
and radical democracy. His most recent book (with Rowan Cahill) is 'Radical Sydney -
Places, Portraits and Unruly Episodes'(2010). He is currently Visiting Professorial
Fellow at the University of Wollongong. 

Books

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Radical Sydney: Places, Portraits and Unruly Episodes (with Rowan Cahill), 1 edn, University of New South Wales Press Ltd (2010)
 
The Southern Tree of Liberty - The Democratic Movement in New South Wales Before 1856 (2006)

Responsible government began in New South Wales after two decades of radical democratic agitation. Radical...

 
Places, Protests and Memorabilia - The Labour Heritage Register of New South Wales (with Lucy Taksa) (2002)

A guide to collections and sites of labour heritage in New South Wales. It contains...

 
Childe and Australia - Archaeology, Politics and Ideas (with Peter Gathercole (deceased) and Gregory Melleuish) (1995)

This book focuses particularly on Gordon Childe's Australian background and connections, while also linking his...

 
Youth in Australia - Policy, Administration and Politics (with David Maunders and Geoff Sherington) (1995)

This book describes and analyses the development of youth policy in Australia since the end...

 

Articles

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'Modernity's Discontents: Esmonde Higgins and James Rawling as Labour Intellectuals', Illawarra Unity (2012)

In the first half of the twentieth century, two young men from different backgrounds broke...

 

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A radical history book: how we came to write it, Illawarra Unity - Journal of the Illawarra Branch of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History (2010)

Rowan Cahill and I have lived with the idea of this book since December 2001,...

 
A Childe Bibliography: a hand-list of the works of Vere Gordon Childe (with Peter Gathercole (deceased)), European Journal of Archaeology (2009)

A hand-list devoted to the published writings of Vere Gordon Childe (1892-1957). It includes political...

 

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‘To Revolutionise Australia’—The Surprising History of Early Working-Class Politics, Illawarra Unity - Journal of the Illawarra Branch of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History (2007)

Imagine a place of political violence and naked class rule. Riots are commonplace and people...

 
Labour Intellectuals in Australia: Modes, Traditions, Generations, Transformations (with Sean Scalmer), International Review of Social History (2005)

The article begins with a discussion of labour intellectuals as knowledge producers in labour institutions,...

 

Contributions to Books

Esmonde Higgins in the Soviet Union, Political Tourists - Travellers from Australia to the Soviet Union in the 1920s-1940s (2008)

Esmonde Higgins visited the Soviet Union in 1920 and became a Communist, and in 1928...

 
The Growth of Federal Authority, 1929-40, True Believers - The Story of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party (2001)

This chapter covers the period of economic crisis in which Labor returns to government at...

 
Labour Historians as Labour Intellectuals: Generations and Crises (with Sean Scalmer), Australian Labour History Reconsidered (1999)

Over the last nine decades Australian labour historians have been engaged in a massive, ongoing,...

 
Esmonde Higgins - Politics as Intellectual Practice, The Point of Change - Marxism/Australia/History/Theory (1998)

This chapter traces Esmonde Higgins' struggle to define his intellectual practice from 1919 to 1954,...

 

Other

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"Labour History and its Political Role - A New Landscape (2013)

This address to a centenary issue forum for the Australian journal, "Labour History", focused on...

 

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Rediscovering Radical History (2010)

This article examines aspects of the connection between radical history and labour history in Australia....