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This introduction presents an overview of key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book focuses on the character and fortunes of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) and the British Labour Party (BLP) from their formation at the beginning of the twentieth century to the present day. It offers new explanations and points of emphasis in relation to Labour and other forms of working-class politics. The explanations and emphases presented in the book are set within a cross-national comparative approach to the study of the Labour and other kinds of 'popular' politics in Australia and Britain. In terms of demographic connections, the development of the Australian labour movement from the mid nineteenth century onwards owed much to the organisational skills and ideologies of radical migrants from Britain, both 'unfree' and 'free'. These deep-seated connections have resulted in few comparative and trans-national historical studies in Australia and Britain.

Labour and the politics of Empire

Britain and Australia 1900 to the present


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