THE FATAL LURE OF POLITICS
The Life and Thought of Vere Gordon Childe
The Fatal Lure of Politics is a new and radically different biography about the central place of socialist politics in Gordon Childe’s life, and his contribution to the theory of history that this politics entailed.
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‘A deeply researched, illuminating and emotionally moving biography’
Terry Irving is a radical historian, author and educator.
He was one of the founders of the Free University in Sydney in the late 1960s, an activist in the movement to democratise universities in the 1970s, a prominent New Left contributor to the writing of Australian history in the 1980s, and the editor of Labour History – A Journal of Labour and Social History in the 1990s.
From the 1960s he taught in universities in Australia and the United States. He writes on colonial workers’ movements, Australia’s class structure, youth movements and youth policy, labour intellectuals, and radical democracy.
He has written eleven books, including The Fatal Lure of Politics: The Life and Thought of Vere Gordon Childe, Class Structure in Australian History (with Raewyn Connell), Radical Sydney (with Rowan Cahill). His latest book, with Rowan Cahill, is The Barber Who Read History: Essays in Radical History.