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Ian Turner as historian

McLaren, John (2003) Ian Turner as historian. In: Free radicals of the left in postwar Melbourne. Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne.

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Contains an article on Ian Turner, political activist and historian. Turner's understanding of the historian's task had been formed by his studies of Max Crawford's scientific methodology at the University of Melbourne. Turner’s immersion in Marxist theory deepened his consciousness of class and the material relations of production that shape history, and in particular determined the characteristics of the Australian working class. In certain ways he anticipates E.P. Thompson's magisterial study, The Making of the English Working Class, although he lacks the cultural density of this work. Turner certainly follows the work of his mentor, Robin Gollan, whose work, Radical and Working Class Politics - a Study of Eastern Australia 1850-1910, Turner describes as the story of the gradual emergence of awareness, among the workers, of their separate identity as a class, apart from other classes in Australian society.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: politics, labour movement, communism, Marxism, editors, writers, MCLAREN-BOXD13-DOC4
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1606 Political Science
FOR Classification > 2103 Historical Studies
Collections > McLaren Papers
Depositing User: VU Library
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2011 03:21
Last Modified: 23 May 2013 16:51
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/17590
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