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18 January 2017
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.
12 January 2017
11 January 2017
Fiction review: A Very British Ending: Rarely does a political spy novel contain so much historical fact, written in such a gripping manner as Edward Wilson's 'A Very British Ending'.
27 September 2016
Review by Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe of "The Life and Death of Leon Trotsky", published in the latest issue of Socialism Today.
24 August 2016
In July 2010, Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe reviewed the book "Trotsky a Biography"
11 August 2016
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.
8 June 2016
50 years ago the 'Cultural Revolution' began in China. Here we carry an edited version of article written by Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe for Militant (predecessor of the Socialist) in February 1967.
4 November 2015
We are not a paper like any other. Our journalists are Socialist Party members and supporters: workers, trade unionists, young people, community campaigners
2 September 2015
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.
11 February 2015
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
30 October 2014
October 2014 marks the 120th anniversary of the birth of Russian writer Boris Pilnyak. Andy Ford writes on Pilnyak's life and works
29 October 2014
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
15 August 2014
The bloody conflict in Ukraine, alongside the slaughter of the Palestinian people in Gaza, has brought the issue of the 'national question' once more forcefully onto the political agenda. How can we open a road to begin to solve seemingly age-old intractable issues? Peter Taaffe writes.
31 July 2014
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.
18 June 2014
Cuban writer Leonardo Padura's masterful novel, The Man Who Loved Dogs, is about the exile years of Leon Trotsky and his assassin, Roman Mercader, writes Niall Mulholland.
16 April 2014
Socialism and internationalism: Since the beginning of the 20th century every decade has witnessed revolutions as the working and poor masses attempt to end the oppression and exploitation they suffer under capitalism
21 January 2014
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"
14 January 2013
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...
14 January 2013
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...
12 December 2012
We have many books which would make good presents for your family and friends - both political and less political - and we have selected just a few here.
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