Transnational Protest, Australia and the 1960s (Palgrave by Jon Piccini

By Jon Piccini

Australia isn't thought of to were part of the good political alterations that swept the international within the Sixties: the struggles of the yankee civil rights circulation, pupil revolts in Europe, guerrilla struggles around the 3rd global and calls for for women’s and homosexual liberation. This ebook tells the tale of the way Australian activists from a variety of events examine, borrowed from, bodily encountered and critiqued  overseas manifestations of those rebellions, in addition to finding the impression of radical viewers to the state. It situates Australian protest and reform pursuits inside a appropriately worldwide – and relatively Asian – context, the place Australian protestors sought solutions, utopias and allies.  Dramatically broadens our figuring out of Australian protest hobbies, this ebook offers them not just as manifestations of neighborhood concerns and reasons yet as essentially tied to principles, advancements and personalities in another country, quite to socialist states and struggles in close to neighbours like Vietnam, Malaysia and China.'Jon Piccini is study and educating Fellow on the college of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. His examine pursuits contain the historical past of human rights and social histories of foreign pupil migration.'

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See Curthoys, Freedom Ride for the key academic account of this protest. For an interesting comment on its transnationality, see Scalmer, Dissent Events, 11–30, and for its revealing of the spatial politics of race see Penelope Edmonds, “Unofficial apartheid, convention and country towns: reflections on Australian history and the New South Wales Freedom Rides of 1965,” Postcolonial Studies 15, No. 2 (2012): 167–90. 49 Glyde, “Students in Martin Place,” 14. 50 The war itself began for Australia in July 1962, when advisers were dispatched to train the proWestern South Vietnamese army in facing a home-grown insurgency supported by a determined Northern adversary.

Monash, established in 1958, is exemplary of the new suburban “drive-in” universities which were multiplying around Australia at the time—offering educational opportunities to children of the working class for the first time. New mediums, principally television, provided timely reportage of overseas events in a way previously inconceivable while, as we will see, new cultural forms from overseas expanded their imagination, and the political language of overseas radicals, particularly in Berkeley and Paris, provided a useful rhetoric for critiquing the “degree factories” they found themselves in.

Derek McDougall and Antonia Finnane, 75–87 (Caulfied, Vic: Monash University Press, 2010). 10 For Australians in Bandung, see Cecily Burton, “Report on Bandung,” Meanjin 14, No. 3 (September 1955): 395–9. For lack of Communist interest in Bandung and decolonization FROM HELPLESS NATIVES TO REVOLUTIONARY HEROES … 23 At home, activism was increasingly marginalised. 11 The CPA, founded in October 1920, underwent forced Stalinisation during the early 1930s. 12 The Party’s returned to a more open policy of a “united front” with social-democratic forces and taking “local peculiarities” into account in policy and planning in 1935.

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