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14 February 2018

Czechoslovakia 1968: 'Prague Spring' challenges Stalinism

Frustrated workers and youth took the removal of their hardline Stalinist president as the cue

24 January 2018

Vietnam War: 50 years since the Tet Offensive

On 30 January 1968 the NLF and the People's Army of Vietnam launched the Tet Offensive against US and allied troops

13 December 2017

110 years ago: massacre at Santa Maria school in Chile - commemorate 21 December 1907

This year marks the centenary of the Russian revolution when the working class took power in October. It is also the 110-year anniversary of a historical and bloody struggle of workers that is less well-known.

18 October 2017

Russia, October 1917: When workers took power

The centenary of the Russian revolution has led to an outpouring of bile - not mainly aimed at the February revolution, but at October

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


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