In Our Time examines Australian loyalties to socialist agitators at the end of the nineteenth century and challenges the accepted versions of the social and political ferment which gave rise to the labour movement and its parliamentary expression, the Labor parties.
For many Australian working men and women in the closing days of the nineteenth century, SOCIALISM IN OUR TIME was no mere slogan. The deepening economic depression cut living standards, increased class conflict and tested the newborn trade unions to breaking point. In this climate, the message of socialist agitators made sense of the experience of the most vulnerable: capitalism was doomed, socialism was not only inevitable, it was imminent.
This is the story of a crucial time in the political history of Australia, told from the perspective of the agitators and their followers. By uncovering, state by state, the hitherto ignored faith and work of the 'tribunes of the people' and the organisations created by their working-class supporters, In Our Time challenges the accepted versions of the social and political ferment which gave rise to the labour movement and its parliamentary expression, the Labor parties.
Verity Burgmann PhD is a research fellow in history at Deakin University and the author of many studies of the Australian labour movement.
Table Of Contents:
2 William Lane: Bound for New Australia
3 The quarrelsome comrades: NSW 1887-1890
4 Ideology and organisation: NSW 1890-1898
5 The impact of socialism: NSW in the nineties
6 Dealing with the downturn: NSW 1898-1905
7 'Don't boast Victoria's matchless growth': Socialism in Victoria
8 'We are slow and unsatisfactory in Tasmania'
9 'The land, the land, 'twas God who gave the land': Socialism in South Australia
10 'Tell the boys to pull together': Westralian socialism
11 'Socialistic from the jump'?: Socialism in Queensland
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