An Historian's Life by Fay Anderson

By Fay Anderson

Max Crawford was once certainly one of Australia's pre-eminent historians. As either a player in and observer of many decisive episodes of the period; Europe in the middle of the melancholy, the US and Russia on the top of worldwide struggle II, post-war reconstruction and the chilly warfare in Australia, Crawford was once considered as an intensive‚ and outspoken defender of highbrow autonomy. This biography considers Crawford as an historian and a public highbrow. It relates his stories as a scholar at Sydney and Oxford, a suffering instructor in the course of the melancholy, because the head of the historical past college on the collage of Melbourne, a diplomat in wartime Russia, and a chilly battle sufferer and accuser. The examine of Crawford's lifestyles offers perception into one man's adventure in the course of political turmoil and the boundaries of highbrow autonomy on Australian campuses, in addition to the suspicion of liberal intellectuals in Australian public lifestyles, the repression of educational radicals and ASIO's makes an attempt to stifle dissident voices. Spanning his lifestyles (1906 -1991), Crawford's political and highbrow trip indicates the altering nature of Australian revolutionary liberalism and the precarious kingdom of educational freedom.

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