Published in 2006 by Federation Press, The Southern Tree of Liberty was the first extended investigation of radical democracy in colonial Australia. It met with misunderstanding and condescention from liberal historians. The publications and documents in this section reveal my attempts to answer the critics and publicise the book's argument. Central to the debate is the difference between materialist and idealist history (see especially A Song for the Future and Pickering Unpicked).

Radical Strategies; Radical Voices

This is Chapter 9 of The Southern Tree of Liberty.

Popular Democracy and Representative Government

Paper to NSW Summer School for Teachers, Jan 2008.

A Song for the Future

Labour History, 92, May 2007, pp 143-147

Pickering Unpicked

Labour History Review, 79 (2) July 2014, pp 227-230