Labour History No. 107 – November 2014

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“The Military Strike is Now On!” A History of the Passive Resisters Union, 1912–14
Ryan Bodman

An Intimate History of Digging in the Australian Army during the Kokoda Campaign of 1942
Nathan Wise

Rebel Girls and Pram-Pushing Scab-Hunters: Waihi “Scarlet Runners,” 1912
Cybèle Locke

Defying Industrial Trends and Resisting a Wage Cut: Melbourne and Launceston Textile Workers’ Strike, 1932
Phoebe Kelloway

The Right to Read: The Book Censorship Abolition League, 1934–37
Joel Barnes

A Dread Decision: The Execution of Edwin Hickey, 1936
Pauline Curby

The Limits of Socialism: The New South Wales Labor Party and the Proposal to Nationalise the Gas Industry
Malcolm Abbott

The “French Turn” in the Antipodes: Early Trotskyists and the Australian Labor Party, 1937–55
John Sebesta, Douglas Fullarton, Stephen Morrell and Lyn Smith

Labor’s 1943 Landslide: Political Market Research, Evatt, and the Public Opinion Polls
Murray Goot

The Australian Capital Territory Preselection of 1968–69: A Study of Class and Generational Change in the ALP
Chris Monnox

Labour Culture on Screen and Online: Union Films as Mobilisation Strategies
Lisa Milner


A Republican History of Australia
Geoff Gallop

Recent Developments in Japanese Labour History
Shinji Sugayama


Bill Gammage, The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia (Tony Dingle)

Thalia Anthony, Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment (Mark Finnane)

Carol Williams, ed., Indigenous Women and Work: From Labor to Activism (Claire Williams)

Brian M. Petrie, French Canadian Rebels as Australian Convicts: The Experience of the Fifty-Eight Lower Canadians Transported to Australia in 1839 (Stewart Gill)

Kevin Windle, Undesirable: Captain Zuzenko and the Workers of Australia and the World (Frank Cain)

Kevin Morgan, Bolshevism, Syndicalism and the General Strike: The Lost Internationalist World of A. A. Purcell (Terry Irving)

Alan Fewster, The Bracegirdle Incident: How an Australian Communist Ignited Ceylon’s Independence Struggle (Heather Goodall)

Ai Kobayashi, W. Macmahon Ball: Politics for People (David Lee)

David Walker and Agnieszka Sobocinska, ed., Australia’s Asia: From Yellow Peril to Asian Century (Julia Martínez)

Bruce Scates with Alexandra McCosker, Keir Reeves, Rebecca Wheatley, Damien Williams, ANZAC Journeys: Returning to the Battlefields of World War II (Michael McKernan)

Lenore Layman and Criena Fitzgerald, ed., 110° in the Waterbag: A History of Life, Work and Leisure in Leonora, Gwalia and the Northern Goldfields (Robert Pascoe)

Marcelo J. Borges and Susana B. Torres, ed., Company Towns: Labor, Space, and Power Relations across Time and Continents (Erik Eklund)

Moira Scollay, Lalor: The Peter Lalor Home Building Co-operative 1946–2012 (Chris McConville)

Rory O’Malley, Mateship and Moneymaking: Australian Shearing: The Clash of Union Solidarity with the Spirit of Enterprise 1895–1995 (Kosmas Tsokhas)

Chris Lacey, Illawarra Agitators: A Centenary History of Thirroul Labor (Est.1913);
Chris Monnox, ACT Labor 1929–2009: A Short History (Len Richardson)

Geoff Gallop, Politics, Society, Self: Occasional Writings;
Jackie Dickenson, Trust Me: Australians and their Politicians (Paul Rodan)

David Grant, Jagged Seas: The New Zealand Seamens Union, 1879–2003 (Rowan Cahill)

Paul Maunder, Coal and the Coast: A Reflection on the Pike River Disaster (Len Richardson)

Sheila Fitzpatrick, A Spy in the Archives (David McKnight)

Phillip Deery, Red Apple: Communism and McCarthyism in Cold War New York (David Palmer)

Daniel Katz and Richard A. Greenwald, ed., Labor Rising: The Past and Future of Working People in America (John Tully)

Nelson Lichtenstein and Elizabeth Tandy Shermer, ed., The Right and Labor in America: Politics, Ideology and Imagination (Braham Dabscheck)

Philip Mendes, Jews and the Left: The Rise and Fall of a Political Alliance (Larry Stillman)

Kirwin R. Schaffer, Black Flag Boricuas: Anarchism, Antiauthoritarianism, and the Left in Puerto Rico, 1897–1921;
Davide Turcato, Making Sense of Anarchism: Errico Malatesta’s Experiments with Revolution, 1889–1900 (Bob James)

Peter Benson, Tobacco Capitalism: Growers, Migrant Workers and the Changing Face of a Global Industry (Braham Dabscheck)

Nell Musgrove, The Scars Remain: A Long History of Forgotten Australians and Children’s Institutions (Carla Pascoe)

Robert Murray, The Making of Australia: A Concise History (Stuart Macintyre)


Emily Floyd and Ken Mansell, Disobedience: The University as a Site of Political Potential (Terry Irving)

John Quiggan, Electricity Privatisation in Australia: A Record of Failure (Kosmas Tsokhas)


Mary Elizabeth Calwell, I am Bound to be True: The Life and Legacy of Arthur A. Calwell