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Frontiers of Labor: Comparative Histories of the United States and Australia

Greg Patmore and Shelton Stromquist


Australia and the United States have long been recognized as fertile fields for comparative history. Both the United States and the Australian colonies were “frontier societies” with considerable natural resources and without a feudal heritage. Despite their similarities, the histories of Australia and the United States are also marked by striking divergences, notably in the composition of their working classes, their labor relations, and their politics. The essays in this volume break new ground in comparative and transnational history. Together they offer considerable evidence to support the ... More

Keywords: labor history, comparative history, transnational history, United States, World War I, Australia, coerced labor, ethnicity, Irish immigration, military conscription, military labor, class, working-class politics, anarchism, municipal politics, railways, meatpackers, longshoremen, cooperatives

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780252041839
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041839.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Greg Patmore, editor
The University of Sydney (emeritus)

Shelton Stromquist, editor
University of Iowa

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US and Australian Labor

Greg Patmore Shelton Stromquist

Part 1 The Great War: Repression and Political Countermobilization

Quite Like Ourselves

Robin Archer

Workers against Warfare

Burgmann Jeffrey Jeffrey A. Johnson

Part 2 Varieties of Labor Coercion

From Whips to Wages

Jennie Jeppesen

Part 3 Ethnicity and Class Identity: The Irish Diaspora in Australia and the United States

Catholic Irish Australia and the Labor Movement

Elizabeth Malcolm Dianne Hall

Part 4 Working-Class Collective Action and Labor Regulation

Causes of Railroad Labor Conflict

Bradley Bowden Peta Stevenson-Clarke

Comparative Mutinies

Nathan Wise

Part 5 Economic Democracy and Working-Class Institutions

Controlling Consumption

Greg Patmore Nikola Balnave

Part 6 Transnational Working-Class Politics

An Agitator Abroad

Peter Clayworth


Shelton Stromquist Greg Patmore