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Labour Historians as Labour Intellectuals: Generations and Crises
Australian Labour History Reconsidered (1999)
  • Terry Irving, University of Wollongong
  • Sean Scalmer, University of Melbourne

Over the last nine decades Australian labour historians have been engaged in a massive, ongoing, fractious, collective intellectual project. This chapter argues that labour historians should understand their role historically, as labour intellectuals, and sketches three generational moments in the history of labour history intellectuals. We conclude that labour history is a popular, collective, democratic, regional, and political form of history-writing.

  • Labour history,
  • intellectuals,
  • public sphere,
  • crises,
  • Australia
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Australian Humanities Press
0 9585962 1 2
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Terry Irving and Sean Scalmer. "Labour Historians as Labour Intellectuals: Generations and Crises" AdelaideAustralian Labour History Reconsidered (1999)
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