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Democratic adventurer : Graham Berry and the making of Australian politics / Sean Scalmer.

Democratic adventurer : Graham Berry and the making of Australian politics / Sean Scalmer.
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ISBN 9781925835779
Author Scalmer, Sean (author)
Title Democratic adventurer : Graham Berry and the making of Australian politics / Sean Scalmer.
Portion of title Graham Berry and the making of Australian politics
Publisher &/or associated date/s Clayton, VIC : Monash University Publishing, 2020.
Description xiv, 349 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Ch. 1 Difficult beginnings -- Ch. 2 Platform and parliament -- Ch. 3 Champion of protection -- Ch. 4 The force of party -- Ch. 5 The art of presentation -- Ch. 6 Use your weapons -- Ch. 7 Reform, moderation, firmness, reaction -- Ch. 8 The limits of office -- Ch. 9 The fragility of authority -- Ch. 10 The paradox of compromise -- Ch. 11 Subsidence, adjustment, re-imagination -- Ch. 12 On endings, memories and the democractic imagination.
Summary Graham Berry (1822-1904) was colonial Australia's most gifted, creative and controversial politician. A riveting speaker, a newspaper proprietor and editor, and the founder of Australia's first mass political party, he wielded these tools to launch an age of reform: spearheading the adoption of a 'protectionist' economic policy, the payment of parliamentarians, and the taxing of large landowners. He also sought the reform of the Constitution, precipitating a crisis that the London Times likened to a 'revolution'. This book recovers Berry's forgotten and fascinating life. It explores his drives and aspirations, the scandals and defeats that nearly derailed his career, and his remarkable rise from linen-draper and grocer to adored popular leader. It establishes his formative influence on later Australian politics. And it also uses Berry's life to reflect on the possibilities and constraints of democratic politics, hoping thereby to enrich the contemporary political imagination.
Subjects Berry, Graham, -- Sir, 1822-1904
Premiers -- Australia -- Biography
Statesmen -- Australia -- Biography
Statesmen -- Victoria -- Biography
Politicians -- Australia -- Biography
Politics and government
Victoria -- Politics and government -- To 1900
Australia -- Politics and government -- To 1900
Call number 2021.296
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