Sydney: The Making of a Public University
Miegunyah Press, $40 hb, 365 pp, 9780522861211
From New Left to Factional Left: Fifty Years of Student Activism at Sydney University
by Alan Barcan
Australian Scholarly Publishing, $44 hb, 254 pp, 9781921509889
When I became an adjunct professor at the University of Sydney in 2004, I knew nothing of its history, and little of the ideological battles that had taken place there. These two books provide a rich narrative of both, and made me appreciate the privilege I have, even as a marginal player, in belonging to such a significant institution.