A Tribute to Bruce McFarlane

Humphrey McQueen

Bruce McFarlane was a member of the editorial board and a co-editor of the Journal of Contemporary Asia from 1970 to 2005. His articles for JCA are currently available for free download.

In the spirit of the journal’s 50th anniversary and in paying tribute to a comrade, well-known Australian historian Humphrey McQueen writes about Bruce as a scholar and an activist in “A Noble Protagonist of the Proletariat and the Peasantry: A Tribute to Bruce McFarlane” (DOI: 10.1080/00472336.2020.1826560).

The abstract for the paper states:

At all times, Bruce McFarlane lived the Wobblies’ injunction: Organise! Educate! Agitate! Born in 1936 in Wollongong, Australia, his Marxism was nurtured by his father. After high school, he studied economics at Sydney University and taught in Wollongong, Australia, his Marxism was nurtured by his father. After high school, he studied economics at Sydney University and taught Economics at the University of Queensland, Politics at the Australian National University, and went on to the Chair of Politics at Adelaide University and the Chair of Economics at the University of Newcastle. He also held posts in Yugoslavia and India, studying and working on economic planning and worked at Cambridge University with Maurice Dobb, Michał Kalecki, Piero Sraffa and Joan Robinson. He authored dozens of books and articles, mentored and collaborated with a range of colleagues including Melanie Beresford, Robert Catley, Steve Cooper, Peter Groenewegan, Geoffrey Harcourt, Peter Limqueco and many more. He was the co-editor of the Journal of Contemporary Asia from 1980 to 2005.

There’s much more on Bruce at Humphrey’s website, including many of Bruce’s works.

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