Melbourne's Maoists : the rise of the Monash University Labor Club, 1965-1967

Robins, Daniel (2005) Melbourne's Maoists : the rise of the Monash University Labor Club, 1965-1967. Honours thesis, Victoria University.


The rise of the Monash University Labor Club to the most prominent radical student group in Australia by 1967 was the result of those radicalising events and ideologies that had been emerging internationally, nationally and locally during 1965-67. Events such as the escalation of the Vietnam War and the emergence of the Cultural Revolution in China were particularly influential upon the student movement in Australia during this period. Arguably the most influential ideological force upon the Monash Labor Club during this period was the idea of Marxism-Leninism, or Maoism, articulated by the Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party, Mao TseTung. It is this radicalising role of Maoism upon the 1960's student movement in Melbourne that will be the core concern of this thesis. Past studies concerned with the Monash Labor Club in 1965-67 have tended to downplay the role of Maoist ideas at Monash during this period. However, this thesis will attempt to show that it was the Maoist ideas of Labor Club leaders like Albert Langer that allowed the club to rise to such prominence in 1967. Furthermore this thesis will show how the connections achieved by Langer with the Communist Party of Australia (Marxist-Leninist), and certain Maoist-led Unions in Melbourne, played a significant role in the successful aims, actions and campaigns carried out by the Labor Club in 1967.

Item type Thesis (Honours thesis)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1606 Political Science
Historical > FOR Classification > 2103 Historical Studies
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Keywords communists, communism, radical students, radicals, radicalisation, radical politics, activism, activists, student movement, Melbourne, Monash University, University of Melbourne, La Trobe University, ALP, Australian Labor Party, unions, clubs, student-worker alliances, CPA, Communist Party of Australia, NLF, National Liberation Front of South Vietnam, 1960s, 1970s
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