The 1890s were a watershed in Australian history, a time of mass unemployment, industrial confrontation and sweeping social change. They also nurtured a flourishing radical culture: anarchists, socialists, single taxers, feminists and republicans. This 1997 book, informed by feminist theory and cultural studies, recreates that political and social vision. Bruce Scates reappraises these radicals and the debates they entered into and the causes they espoused. He offers new insights into a broad range of topics: the creation of the Labor Party and the meaning of citizenship; the rise of 'first-wave' feminism and contested gender definitions; the vibrant literary culture; the Utopian vision of the radicals and the communities they established; and the harsh realities of poverty and unemployment. The book tells the story of the politics of the street, and draws out many of the striking resonances between the 1890s and the 1990s.Read more
- A historian using the insights of feminist theory, cultural studies, literary studies and poststructuralism
- Focus on themes still being debated: feminism, the republic, unemployment, citizenship, labour politics
- Uncovers the lost culture of the 1890s, suggesting alternative interpretations of a critical era in Australian history
Reviews & endorsements
' … a valuable contribution to an emerging body of historiography that re-appraises some of the heroic elements of an emergent Australian identity … A New Australia also has much to say about the present, which is suely one of the marks of truly significant historical scholarship.' Andrew Messner, Journal of Australian Colonial HistorySee more reviews
' … a remarkably fine book … Author and publisher are to be congratulated on a finely crafted text in a well-made book. Henceforth, no bibliography on the 1890s will be complete without it.' Peter Love, Australian Historical Studies
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- Date Published: November 1997
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521575966
- length: 270 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.4kg
- contains: 20 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. 'A world apart': Class, culture and the language of radicalism
2. The politics of reading: belief, ideology and the transmission of knowledge
3. 'Within cooee distance of the millennium': the rise and fall of radical politics
4. 'The new Arcadia': communal settlements on the land
5. Poverty and protest: the culture and politics of mass unemployment
6. 'A citizen first': women, socialism and the politics of gender.
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