BOOKs

CLASS STRUCTURE IN AUSTRALIAN HISTORY

Documents, Narrative and Argument

R.W. CONNELL and T.H. IRVING

Beginning with a theoretical chapter on class analysis and history, this book explores the development of class relations and the transformation of the ruling class from 1788 to 1975. Taken together the narrative and documents offer a radical reinterpretation of Australian history. The authors argue that the concept of class analysis is essential to an understanding not only of Australian history but of the issues and problems that confront Australian society today, and of the forms of action required for social change.

Longman Cheshire, Melbourne, 1980

reprinted 1982, 1984, 1986

In the second edition of this seminal work the theoretical chapter has been revised to introduce the reader to modern debates about class. Another chapter (by Connell) discusses the period 1975-1991. The pictures are now grouped and annotated as a visual essay on class relations. Extensive notes provide a guide to research literature.

Second Edition (revised and enlarged) Longman Cheshire, Melbourne, 1992

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