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Mcqueen, Humphrey

Humphrey McQueen scratches for a living in Canberra. Since the appearance of the first edition of A New Britannia in 1970, he has published another thirteen books, and a couple of million words in articles, columns and reviews. He does his bit to keep alive the principles of social equality through the Socialist Alliance and its journal Seeing Red.
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A New Britannia

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'Cock-eyed and parochial' Donald Horne labelled this provocative book when it was first published - a few years after his own celebrated Lucky Country. This stimulating new edition of Humphrey McQueen's irreverent classic charts the origins of the Australian Labor Party. In tracing the social forces that produced the ALP, he shows it was anti-socialst from the very start. Along the way he reveals a colonial passion for pianos and uncovers the proto-fascist ideas behind Henry Lawson's popular writings. An expanded Afterword brings the ALP into the current phase of globalising. Racism rears its many heads throughout this challenging story, and Humphrey McQueen shows that the desire for land was the basis for much of what passed as radicalism and socialism. For Australians, it would seem the land boom has never ended.


Social Sketches Of Australia

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This thoroughly revised new edition of Social Sketches of Australia traces the lives and times of ordinary people from 1888 to the present. Unlike more conventional histories, it uses little-known accounts ranging from regional histories to pen portraits, trade journals and diaries. Humphrey McQueen's compelling narrative features the experiences of everyday life: what people wore and ate, the sorts of houses they lived in and what they learned at school. In addition, he looks at how they were affected by natural disasters as well as by disease and by working conditions in an increasingly industrialised society. Built up layer by layer, this is history with a difference: real stories about how we lived - then and now.