Radical Students

Radical Students

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From the 1920s to the 1960s the Left struggled to make ideological sense of the Great Depression, the growth of fascism and militarism overseas, World War II, the atomic bomb, the Cold War and fear of communism. All these conflicts found expression on the campus of Australia's oldest university, where ardent youth pursued the ideal of social justice. Sydney's controversial philosophy professor, John Anderson, and his Freethought Society added volatility to the mix with their rejection of orthodox politics. Later, impassioned hostility between supporters of the Communist Party, the Labor Party and the Catholic 'Movement' led by B. A. Santamaria ruffled undergraduate life. Alan Barcan, a participant in the radical movement, scrupulously avoids partisan bias. His personal experience is amplified by exhaustive research. Articles and reports of meetings from student magazines and the mainstream press, leavened with anecdotes and lively undergraduate wit, recreate the texture of student life and the shifting faultlines of political loyalties. The ruthless tactics, ponderous zeal and underlying idealism of student politics are set against discussion of liberal humanist tradition and the nshow more

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  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 195.1 x 244.3 x 31.2mm | 852.77g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • 0522850170
  • 9780522850178
  • 1,389,354

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