Historic events

27 May 2015

VE Day: When 'liberation' meant socialism

French resistance fighters liberated Paris from Nazi occupation

Commemorations marking the 70th anniversary 'victory in Europe' (VE) day recently took place in Britain (and throughout the world) with establishment dignitaries saluting veteran service men and women who liberated Europe from the clutches of fascism

22 April 2015

30 years ago: 250,000 school students walked out.

This month marks the 30th anniversary of the 1985 school student strikes. Militant, the predecessor of the Socialist Party, played a leading role in organising them

1 April 2015

Axing Clause IV: Making Labour safe for capitalism

In April 1995 a special Labour Party conference dropped Clause IV, part 4 (the 'socialist clause') of its constitution

25 March 2015

How we defeated Thatcher's poll tax

photo Dave Sinclair

25 years since the poll tax battle: The battle against the so-called 'poll tax' was one of the biggest movements of working people against a modern British government. Millions refused to pay; many millions more simply could not afford to pay

11 March 2015

"It wasn't easy, but I wanted to beat Thatcher"

Former striking miners retrace their steps, 30 years to the day since they marched back to Shireoaks colliery, near Worksop. Former Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Notts miners and supporters marked the anniversary., photo J Dale

30 years since the end of the miners' strike: Neal Davis, member of Mansfield Socialist Party, spoke to former Shirebrook (north Derbyshire) miner Ronnie Rodgers

11 February 2015

1918: When German workers entered history

German revolutionary socialist Karl Liebknecht addresses a mass workers' demonstration

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

4 February 2015

Miners' strike: vibrant array of support groups

Miners and their families, photo D Pearson

The great 1984-85 miners' strike ended 30 years ago next month. Dave Beale, chair of Chorley and Coppull Miners' Support Committee in Lancashire during the strike, explains the vital role of support

12 November 2014

25 years after the Berlin Wall fell

After the fall of the wall, Berlin 1989

Was capitalist restoration inevitable?: While, for millions, the 1989 opening of the Berlin Wall is celebrated as a great victory for democratic rights, the official celebrations to mark its 25th anniversary have been dominated by anti-socialist propaganda

29 October 2014

Lessons from history: 1917 Revolution in Russia

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

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

20 August 2014

Protests, strikes and equality: Women in World War One

Women munitions workers during World War One

In this anniversary year there is likely to be scant attention given to the militant struggles of working class women during the four years of brutal conflict, where class divisions remained a feature of everyday life

6 August 2014

Anniversary of the 1934 Minneapolis strikes

Revolutionary US Teamsters: This year marks the 80th anniversary of one of the greatest labour revolts in US history, the strikes of the Minneapolis Teamsters, writes Alan Jones and Ty Moore, Socialist Alternative, USA.

31 July 2014

WW1 - 100 years since the great slaughter

100 years since the Great Slaughter - World War One

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.

25 June 2014

When Thatcher unleashed her attack dogs

30th anniversary of the miners' strike: Members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) during their year-long (1984-85) battle against pit closures and mass redundancies faced the full might of the state from the Tory Thatcher government

11 June 2014

Tiananmen Square 1989

Counter-revolution crushes democracy movement: On 3 to 4 June 1989, Deng Xiaoping and other aged leaders of China's so-called 'communist' party, ordered 200,000 troops to crush a two-month long movement of workers and students against bureaucratic rule and for workers' democracy

11 June 2014

The battle of Orgreave

30th anniversary of the historic miners' strike: On Saturday 14 June 2014 there will be a celebration of struggle and resistance marking the 30th anniversary of the great miners' strike

7 April 2014

30 years ago: The Broad Left Organising Committee's huge impact

30 years ago a national conference took place in Sheffield organised by BLOC. The meeting coincided with the start of the miners' strike in March 1984, writes Bill Mullins

2 April 2014

London: Quinn Square Rent Strike 1938

The East End battle against high rents and slum conditions The women's poster demonstration was the first the locals in Bethnal Green in London's East End knew about their rent strike. Quinn Square was a slum.

2 April 2014

The truth about the miners' strike

Miners' children: A future job - that's all we ask, photo John Birdsall

From the 1970s on, Tory politicians meticulously and ruthlessly prepared an offensive to try to vanquish the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and ultimately trade unionism

13 March 2014

The horror that was World War One

House clearing recently, I found a will written by hand by my grandfather dated 28 June 1916, three days before the Battle of the Somme, writes Pete Watson.

22 January 2014

Leeds' forgotten dispute: The 1913-14 Corporation Strike

During the 1911-14 Great Unrest many strikes took place in and around Leeds, including the lockout of textile workers in Aireborough


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