The barber who read history

This book is a collection of writings authored individually or jointly by Rowan Cahill and Terry Irving during the writing, and following publication, of their co-authored Radical Sydney: Places, Portraits and Unruly Episodes (TUNSW Press, 2010).

The writings traverse a broad range of topics concerning the writing and practice of history, the social and political roles of historians, the nature of the neoliberal academy and of academia, and biographical and autobiographical portraits.

In common is the conception of the scholar as an activist, taking part in public discourse and movements for social change.

230pp (9pp colour) Index Paperback $30

ISBN  978-0-646-83927-1

Rowan Cahill has worked as a farmhand, teacher, freelance writer, and for the trade union movement as a publicist, historian, and rank and file activist. Currently an Honorary Fellow at the University of Wollongong, he has published widely in trade union, social movement, and academic publications. He is working on a memoir of the sixties, Crucible Days: Memoirs of a Cold War Kid.

Terry Irving, radical historian and educator, writes on colonial workers’ movements, Australia’s class structure, youth movements and policy, labour intellectuals, and radical democracy. His latest book is The Fatal Lure of Politics: The Life and Thought of Vere Gordon Childe (Monash University Publishing, 2020). He is currently an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Wollongong.


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