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By Fay Anderson

Max Crawford was once considered 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 battle in Australia, Crawford was once considered as a thorough‚ and outspoken defender of highbrow autonomy. This biography considers Crawford as an historian and a public highbrow. It relates his reports as a pupil at Sydney and Oxford, a suffering instructor throughout the melancholy, because the head of the historical past college on the collage of Melbourne, a diplomat in wartime Russia, and a chilly conflict sufferer and accuser. The learn of Crawford's existence offers perception into one man's adventure in the course of political turmoil and the bounds of highbrow autonomy on Australian campuses, in addition to the suspicion of liberal intellectuals in Australian public existence, 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 country of educational freedom.

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