Revolutionary Industrial Unionism: The Industrial Workers of the World in Australia
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.
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Flowers to the rebels failed
the arrival of the
Donald Grant speaking in the Sydney Domain
who were the Wobblies?
Tom Barker one of the IWW agitators
the challenge to workingclass racism
IWW recruiting stickers
The Rebel Girl May Ewart Wilson
The IWW was blamed for the defeat of the conscription
The IWW condemned the First World War Direct Action
Syd Nicholls cartoon Direct Action
the state responds
the release campaign
Direct Actions comment on the imprisonment of the Twelve
What happened to the Wobblies?
organisation and practice
Front page Direct Action 7 October 1916
Direct Actions response to the prohibition of street speaking
ethics and economics
IWW recruiting stickers
the critique of Laborism
The cry for Direct Action contrasted with Craft Unionism
direct industrial action
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