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Biography and the project of labour history: Marxist anticipations and Australian examples

Robinson, Geoff 2003, Biography and the project of labour history: Marxist anticipations and Australian examples, Eras, no. 5, pp. 1-19.

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Title Biography and the project of labour history: Marxist anticipations and Australian examples
Author(s) Robinson, Geoff
Journal name Eras
Issue number 5
Start page 1
End page 19
Publisher Monash University
Place of publication Clayton, Vic.
Publication date 2003
ISSN 1445-5218
Summary The popularity of biography among the general public and historians has been despite a theoretical ambivalence among historians about the validity of the project. This has particularly been the case for labour historians who aspire to write the history of a class rather than that of individuals. This article identifies two divergent traditions within labour biography, broadly defined as reflection on the role of the individual in historical movements. One, uniting traditional Marxists and labourists, regards individuals as no more than the symbol of a class. Examples are Karl Kautsky and in Australia Fin Crisp. Another, unites activist revolutionaries and revisionist social democrats, and argues that the individual can make a difference. Examples include Trotsky and in Australia the young Evatt and Gordon Childe. Political disillusionment encouraged both Childe and Evatt to move towards the determinist position. This article suggest that recent discussions of the inherently divided nature of the self may offer an alternative to both these positions.


Language eng
Field of Research 210399 Historical Studies not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001914

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Social and International Studies
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