Labour History: A Journal of Labour and Social History

The Australian Right, the American Right and the Threat of the Left, 1917-35

Labour History: A Journal of Labour and Social History (2005), 89, (1), 17–35.

Abstract

Historians can learn much about the anxieties, beliefs and activities of early Australian anti-communists and the political Right more generally by situating them in a comparative context. This reveals common motives and activities by conservative and reactionary political elements throughout the western world. Further, comparing the situation of the Australian political Right between 1917 and 1935 with that of its counterpart in the United States provides significant insights into the centrality of historical context and its role in determining why and how events unfold and political movements develop as they do. We can thus see how and why the political and social power of labour, Australia’s inherited system of government and other peculiar local conditions made Australia’s founding anti-communists and the radical right an only partially effective lobby.

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Fischer, Nick

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