Historic events

4 October 2017

Che Guevara 50 years on - revolutionary socialist and fighter

Many people identify with the legacy left by Che as a symbol of struggle, defiance, internationalism and a socialist world.

23 August 2017

Mutinies and strikes: when Bolshevism threatened British bosses

Review - 1919: Britain's year of revolution: Like countries across Europe, Britain was not immune to the impact of the 1917 Russian revolution

23 August 2017

Lewisham 1977: When socialists and workers defeated the far-right National Front

40 years ago almost to the day before Charlottesville, on 13 August 1977, the fascist National Front aimed to march through Lewisham

9 August 2017

Marx's Capital at 150: an unequalled analysis and critique of capitalism

The Daily Mail reacted with predictable hysteria when, in May 2017, John McDonnell stated: "You can't understand the capitalist system without reading Marx's Das Kapital."

26 July 2017

Russia 1917: how art helped make the revolution

Revolution in Russia swept away the dictatorial rule of the Tsar in February 1917. Then in October, led by the Bolshevik Party, a second revolution set up the world's first workers' state

12 July 2017

July Days 1917: battles with counterrevolution

Massive demonstrations involving nearly a million people erupted in Petrograd on 2-3 July 1917, in a colossal outburst of anger and discontent

6 July 2017

Lessons from the Russian revolution for LGBT+ struggle today

When the Soviet Criminal Code was established in 1922, male homosexuality was not included as a criminal act

28 June 2017

Liverpool's 1983-87 socialist council

Between 1979 and 1983 the Tories slashed 120 million from Liverpool's budget - how did the Militant-led socialist city council fight back?

21 June 2017

The Pentrich uprising: revolution and counter-revolution in 19th century Britain

The 'Luddite' movement smashed factory knitting frames during 1810-16, including in Derbyshire villages around Pentrich

31 May 2017

June 1917: when workers in Britain first tried to form soviets

The centrepiece demand - for the formation of workers' councils - was the one the authorities feared the most. Yet this did not come to fruition

26 April 2017

The real origins of May Day

The origins of May Day lie in the great struggles in America by working people for shorter working hours at the end of the 19th century, and the martyrdom of union leaders executed 130 years ago.

26 April 2017

How Blairism sank its claws into the Labour Party

2nd May, as well as being in the midst of preparations for the upcoming snap election, marks 20 years since another general election - the one in 1997 which brought Tony Blair and New Labour to power.

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.

8 March 2017

1987 Zeebrugge disaster

Thirty years ago, 193 passengers and crew drowned off the coast of Belgium after P&O's Herald of Free Enterprise car ferry capsized. One of the dead was seafarer and Militant (forerunner of the Socialist) supporter Geoff Haney.

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

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

18 January 2017

1917revolution.org website to launch

The Committee for a Workers' International is to launch a new website celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution

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.

26 October 2016

Jarrow March: an inspiring show of solidarity between workers and youth

Five years ago, marking the 75th anniversary of 200 unemployed workers marching from Jarrow to London, Youth Fight for Jobs followed in their footsteps

19 October 2016

Aberfan: a disaster that should never have happened

50th anniversary: It's a name as resonant with tragedy for working class people in South Wales as Hillsborough is for Liverpool.


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