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Revolutionary Industrial Unionism : The Industrial Workers of the World in Australia - Verity Burgmann

Revolutionary Industrial Unionism

The Industrial Workers of the World in Australia

Paperback Published: 16th October 1995
ISBN: 9780521476980
Number Of Pages: 360

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The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) in Australia are better known for the stories told about them than for any document historical significance. Renowned for their audacity and hooliganism the 'Wobblies' were particularly notorious for their active opposition to World War I. This landmark book conveys the vitality and drama of Wobbly activity, and also assesses the impact of the IWW on Australian political and labour history. Drawing from an impressive range of sources, Verity Burgmann writes with vigour and passion about Wobbly culture, and describes their doctrines, methods and organisation. The book highlights the unique nature of the IWW in Australia, and traces Wobbly influence in much post-war activity. Now, with the widespread collapse of communism and the inadequacies of labour parties, the IWW, as an alternative form of revolutionary working-class politics, merits renewed investigation.

Industry Reviews

."..the book makes an important contribution to the historiography of the Australian IWW. Burgmann brings new material and a fresh perspective to the study of industrial unionism by examining the important differences between the Australian IWW and the American IWW." Salvatore Salerno, American Historical Review

âÇ Flowers to the rebels failedâÇÖ
âÇ On the industrial as well as on the political fieldâÇÖ: the IWW Clubs, 1905-1910
âÇ Wild men from YankeelandâÇÖ: the arrival of the Chicago IWW, 1910-1914
âÇ Education, organisation, emancipationâÇÖ: the revolutionary project
âÇ We, the hoboesâÇÖ: who were the wobblies?
âÇ No barriers of raceâÇÖ: the challenge to working-class racism
âÇ ItâÇÖs great to fight for freedom with a rebel girlâÇÖ: the answer to the Woman Question
âÇ A real democracyâÇÖ: organisation and practice
âÇ A poor dayâÇÖs work for a poor dayâÇÖs payâÇÖ: ethics and economics
âÇ Bump me into parliamentâÇÖ: the critique of Laborism
âÇ An injury to one an injury to allâÇÖ: direct industrial action
âÇ Let those who own Australia do the fighting: opposing the war
âÇ With the ferocity of a Bengal tigerâÇÖ: the state responds
âÇ Set the twelve men freeâÇÖ: the release campaign
What happened to the Wobblies?
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ISBN: 9780521476980
ISBN-10: 0521476984
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 16th October 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.53