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The Tolpuddle Martyrs: Injustice Within the Law

Herbert Vere Evatt Geoffrey Robertson

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Sydney University Press
01 June 2009
General & world history; Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900; Teaching staff; Trade unions
The legend of the six rural labourers who were transported to Australia in 1834 for swearing an oath of solidarity is celebrated as the foundation of the modern trade union movement. The labourers suffered no violence 'save the extreme and horrible violence of the law itself'. The true lesson from the story demonstrates that societies need guarantees to prevent 'injustice within the law'.
By:   Herbert Vere Evatt
Introduction by:   Geoffrey Robertson
Imprint:   Sydney University Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Edition:   2nd edition
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 148mm, 
Weight:   146g
ISBN:   9781920899493
ISBN 10:   1920899499
Pages:   104
Publication Date:   01 June 2009
Audience:   General/trade ,  General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for The Tolpuddle Martyrs: Injustice Within the Law

'Evatt carefully traces how the law was used against these vulnerable men by those with more money and power in the locality ... Geoffrey Robertson's elegantly written introduction to this re-issue of Evatt's treatise suggests that the Doc's recognition that law can be a vehicle for injustice was pivotal in inspiring his personal commitment to establishing guarantees of basic human rights in modern society.' * Journal of Political Economy * 'Showcasing the careful scholarship and precise intellect for which the author was known, the book comes with a new introduction written by eminent lawyer and author Geoffrey Robinson ... This work still resonates strongly with contemporary debates over new legislation passed in a number of western democracies, including Australia, where rights to a free and fair trial, timely justice, freedom of expression and association, among others, are being limited or entirely compromised.' -- Erik Eklund * Labour History * 'When set against the background of such triumph, failure and tragedy, it would be easy to overlook or underestimate Evatt's very considerable achievements and abilities as a historian. The Tolpuddle Martyrs perhaps finds him at the height of his intellectual powers. This book is a remarkable exercise in scholarly discipline and objectivity; one in which the passionate advocate of social justice is balanced by the jurist ... ' -- Frank Bongiorno * Australian Journal of Politics and History *


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