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29 March 2017

April 1917: how the Bolsheviks reorientated

Lenin's arrival from exile on 3 April 1917 turned the Bolshevik party upside down and changed the course of history.

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1 March 2017

Lessons of Russia 1917 for women's struggle today

The 1917 Russian revolution was a momentous moment in working class history, in which women played a pivotal and active role

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22 February 2017

February revolution 1917 - what lessons for today?

The February 1917 revolution in Russia marked the beginning of the socialist revolution later that year

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15 February 2017

No, Trumpism is nothing like Leninism

Steve Bannon, investment banker and chief strategist to US president Donald Trump, once called himself "a Leninist"!

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8 February 2017

Smearing socialism by attacking the arts

The Russian revolution a hundred years ago is still a terrifying calamity - for billionaire thieves, warmongers and their political defenders. But for the working class, it meant a boom in living standards, freedom and imagination.

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8 February 2017

Tense, lively prologue to events which changed the world

Non-fiction review: Lenin on the Train: When the February revolution broke out in Russia in 1917 and the Tsar was overthrown, Vladimir Lenin was living in exile in Switzerland.

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18 January 2017

Trotsky and February 1917

Peter Taaffe reviews two books that focus on February 1917: Trotsky in New York 1917 - a radical on the eve of revolution by Kenneth D Ackerman; and Two Years of Wandering - a Menshevik leader in Lenin's Russia by Fedor Il'ich Dan.

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27 September 2016

Leon Trotsky's living legacy

Review by Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe of "The Life and Death of Leon Trotsky", published in the latest issue of Socialism Today.

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Leon Trotsky

Leon Trotsky

11 August 2016

Trotskyism: what is it?

Trotskyism has been in the news since Tom Watson, deputy leader of the Labour Party, accused some new members of the Labour Party of being supporters of Trotsky.

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1 June 2016

France 1936: sit-in strikes

Workers across France are stepping up their action against the country's new labour law, with strikes in various sectors and big demonstrations. The French working class has a long history of struggle, including widespread sit-in strikes in May-June 1936. To celebrate the 80th anniversary of this movement, and to learn its lessons, here we carry an extract from an article written by Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe and published in Militant (predecessor of the Socialist) in 1978.

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2 September 2015

Zimmerwald Conference 1915: lessons for the socialist movement

100 years ago, during the carnage of World War One, a small number of socialist delegates assembled at an anti-war conference in Zimmerwald, Switzerland.

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German revolutionary socialist Karl Liebknecht addresses a mass workers' demonstration

German revolutionary socialist Karl Liebknecht addresses a mass workers' demonstration

11 February 2015

1918: When German workers entered history

Last year was the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War One, covered by the Socialist in previous issues. But when the war ended, it was in a wave of revolution, most notably in Russia in 1917, but also Germany in 1918

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Lenin flankned by Trotsky addressing a demonstration in Moscow, May 1920. Under Stalin's counter-revolution, Trotsky was airbrushed out of the picture

Lenin flankned by Trotsky addressing a demonstration in Moscow, May 1920. Under Stalin's counter-revolution, Trotsky was airbrushed out of the picture

29 October 2014

Lessons from history: 1917 Revolution in Russia

The October revolution (7-8 November in the modern calendar) of 1917 in Russia was the greatest event in human history. Under the leadership of the Bolshevik Party, it brought into existence the first, and so far the only, workers-led government to hold power for any length of time

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100 years since the Great Slaughter - World War One

100 years since the Great Slaughter - World War One

31 July 2014

WW1 - 100 years since the great slaughter

One hundred years ago World War One began, unleashing slaughter on an unprecedented scale. It was dubbed the 'Great War', the 'war to end wars'. For the ten million killed and more than ten million seriously injured it was certainly not great.

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Vladimir Lenin

21 January 2014

Lenin's revolutionary legacy

In an attempt to answer the description of Lenin by capitalist historians as a brutal dictator, some on the left turn to Lars T Lih. Peter Taaffe reviews Lih's book: "Lenin"

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14 January 2013

Party & Internal regime

The clash between the central leadership of the IST - notably the Socialist Workers Party - and their one-time American 'section' the International Socialist Organisation (ISO) also highlighted the deficiencies in their intervention in mass movements...

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14 January 2013

Anti-capitalist movement and the programme

The SWP's increasingly opportunist turn in this century has been accompanied by an exaggeration of the importance and the scale of practically every social movement that has taken place in the last decade...

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Leon Trotsky reading The Militant newspaper in 1931

Leon Trotsky reading The Militant newspaper in 1931

29 August 2012

Leon Trotsky: A revolutionary's life

Book review: The 72nd anniversary of the assassination of the great Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky was commemorated even within Britain's capitalist press...

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The April Theses, from Leveller reprints, June 2011, cover by Kavita Graphics

14 June 2012

Lenin's April Theses, 1917

In February 1917 in Russia, women textile workers in Petrograd went on strike and during subsequent days were joined by industrial workers across the city, small business people, students and many soldiers...

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18 April 2012

Planning for the Planet book references

This webpage is part of the reference material in Planning for the Planet, and provides clickable links to resources and other references noted in the book, writes Web references to notes at end of chapters, where available without subscription.

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