Armstrong, Mick: The radicalisation of the (Australian) campuses 1967-74

Mick Armstrong

The radicalisation of the campuses 1967-74‘, Australian National University course material for ‘Marxist interventions’ course

Based on a chapter from Armstrong’s (now hard to get) book, One, Two Three, What are We Fighting For? (Socialist Alternative, Melbourne 2001). The article gives a summary of student political activities at Monash, Queensland, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, La Trobe, Flinders and Macquarie universities. At one point the author asks the question: ‘how was it possible for such a relatively small number of activists (on most campuses at best two or three per cent of students) to have such a decisive impact – to set the political tone on campus after campus?’ The thread running through most activity was opposition to the Vietnam War. (Related was opposition to the South African apartheid regime.)

A study from a different ideological perspective and concentrating on one university only is Paul Francis Perry’s The Rise and Fall of Practically Everybody: an Account of Student Political Activity at Monash University, 1965-72. Some of the people mentioned by Armstrong are featured in interviews on the Hell No! We Won’t Go! Facebook page. Taking a much broader (but more expensive) perspective is Jon Piccini’s new book, Transnational Protest, Australia and the 1960s; Global Radicals. You can buy it by the chapter, which makes it even more expensive.

Update 27 November 2017: Sally Percival Wood has written a book about the student press in the 1960s.

22 May 2016 updated

Share this with others...Share on Facebook
Facebook
Tweet about this on Twitter
Twitter
Email this to someone
email
Click here for all items related to: , ,
Loading...