Shortlist year: 
2016
Shortlist category: 
Australian history
Published by: 
Wakefield Press

About the book

Red professor—book—Australian history—PMLA 2016

Out of relentless research, Monteath and Munt present an engrossing portrait of Fred Rose. His life takes us through rip-roaring tales from Australia's northern frontier to enthralling intellectual tussles over kinship systems and political dramas as he runs rings around his Petrov inquisitors.

More than any other injustices, the abuse of Aboriginal people leads him into the Communist Party in 1942. His move to academic life in what he insisted on calling the German Democratic Republic made him a dissident against anthropological orthodoxies in the Soviet Bloc as he had been in Australia.