Australian Left Review

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Review : International Socialism and Australian Labour - The Left in Australia 1919-1939 by Frank Farrell


The interwar period poses particular problems for anyone seeking to understand the history of the Australian left. At the end of the First World War we have the Russian Revolution and the establishment of the Communist International. Over the next few years the monarchies of Europe collapsed, working-class movements reached for power and movements of colonial liberation sprang up. At the end of the 1920s there was the most severe capitalist crisis in history. During the 1930s the fight against fascism mobilised a broad range of progressives.