The Reds

The Communist Party of Australia from origins to illegality

Stuart Macintyre
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The award-winning account of the early years of communism in Australia, written by one of Australia's most highly regarded historians.

Winner of The Age Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award 1998
Shortlisted for Best Australian History Book in the NSW Premier's History Awards 1998

In 1920, 26 men and women met in a dingy hall in Sydney to create a new political party. They expected the overthrow of capitalism and the emancipation of humanity-here, and all around the world.

Two decades later, when Australia joined the Second World War, the Commonwealth government suppressed the Communist Party of Australia. The handful of idealists and dissidents had become a political force powerful enough, in the view of the authorities, to pose a threat to national security.

The Communist Party was a major part of Australia's political landscape for more than half a century. It played a vital role in the country's largest trade unions. It blazed a trail for a range of social movements and attracted writers and artists who influenced much of Australia's cultural life. It also became the target of sustained surveillance and penetration by state police and federal security agencies.

Stuart Macintyre's account is the first comprehensive study of Australian communism in its formative years.

'This fascinating remembrance of the first two decades of the Communist Party of Australia [is] both erudite [and] infused with moral vision . . . a combination of courage, impeccable judgement and assiduous research.' - Ross Fitzgerald, Australian Book Review

'This is a masterful book.' - Tom Sheridan, Academy of Social Sciences Newsletter

Author bio:

Stuart Macintyre AO, FAHA, FASSA was Emeritus Laureate Professor of History at the University of Melbourne. He was the author of many books, including A Concise History of Australia, The History Wars, Australia's Boldest Experiment, Glorious Days, and The Party: The Communist Party of Australia from heyday to reckoning.

Category: History
ISBN: 9781761065965
Awards: Short-listed NSW Premier's History Awards, Best Australian History Book 1999 AU; Commended Fellowship of Australian Writers Literature Award 1998 AU; Winner The Age Book of the Year Awards, Non-Fiction Prize 1998 AU
Table Of Contents: Introduction

1. Foundation
2. What was to be done?
3. Recognition
4. Tactics
5. Communism goes bush
6. The line straightens
7. Bolshevisation
8. Class Against Class
9. The Depression communists
10. Towards the united front
11. Communism by fronts
12. Growth pains
13. The socialist sixth of the world
14. War

Endnotes
Index
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: February 2022
Page Extent: 496
Format: Paperback - C format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Marxism & Communism