The People's Party

The People's Party : Victorian Labor & the Radical Tradition 1875-1914

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The Victorian Labor party came into being in the midst of the great strikes of the early 1890s, and in the shadow of a crippling economic depression that was to send trade unionism into retreat throughout Australia. In The People s Party, Frank Bongiorno gives a lively account of the infant Labor Party s attempts to find common ground between the competing demands of inner-city workers and farmers, Catholics and Protestants, trade unionists and disaffected liberals, teetotallers and boozers, socialists and feminists. The Victorian Labor Party emerges from these pages as a process rather than a thing, as contested ground rather than conquered territory . For so long treated as a poor cousin of its New South Wales counterpart, the Victorian Labor Party at last has a history that does justice to its complex and distinctive tradition, and suggests new ways of thinking about the history of Labor in politics throughout Australia.show more

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  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 139.7 x 210.8 x 22.9mm | 362.88g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • 0522847382
  • 9780522847383

About Frank Bongiorno

Dr Frank Bongiorno is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and the Australian National University. He has lectured in history at the ANU and is a member of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History. He is currently lecturer in Australian Studies at Griffith University.show more

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