The Society takes an interest in every aspect of human history from the earliest social formations to modern society, its culture and political activities. We encourage anyone with an interest in our history to join us and participate in our activities. The Society is particularly interested in the struggles of labour, women, progressive and peace movements throughout the world, as well as the movements and achievements of working class communities, colonial peoples, black people, and other oppressed groups seeking social justice, human dignity and liberation.
Socialist History Society Public Meeting
Saturday 27th January 2018 2.00pm
MARX MEMORIAL LIBRARY
37a Clerkenwell Green EC1R 0DU
nearest tube Farringdon
FREE TO ATTEND – ALL WELCOME
Speaker: Prof Kevin Morgan
The communist cult of the individual was not just a Soviet phenomenon but an international one. When Stalin died in 1953, the communists of all countries united in mourning the figure that was the incarnation of their cause. Though its international character was one of the distinguishing features of the communist cult of personality, this is the first extended study to approach the phenomenon over the longer period of its development in a truly transnational and comparative perspective.… Read on ...
Agit Lit Night Monday 8th January 2018 at 7.30 pm
Syrian and International Poets and Musicians for Peace in Syria
22 Betterton Street
London WC2H 9BX
Nearest tube: Covent Garden or Leicester Square
£5 or £3 Exiled Writers Ink members and asylum seekers.
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Steve Cushion and Dennis Bartholomew
22nd January 2018, 17:30
London Socialist Historians Group
Seminar Room N304, Third Floor, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Much ink has been spilt over the final days of the Revolution in Grenada (1979-83), while much less research has been done on the preceding four years. By concentrating on the final implosion and discussing in infinite detail who was really to blame, there is a danger that many social advances will be forgotten. Caribbean Labour Solidarity has produced a pamphlet on the achievements of the Grenada Revolution intended to provide an easily accessed source of information on the achievements of the Grenadian people during the Revo’ and to counter the prevailing negative narrative arising from the tragic end of this exciting period in Caribbean history.… Read on ...
SHS member Deborah Lavin will be one of the speakers at a day-long conference on Anna Kingsford (1846-1888) who is described as a “neglected figure in western esotericism who inspired individuals and organisations in many fields“.
Saturday 17th February 2018, 10am – 6pm.50 Gloucester Place, London, W1E 8UA.
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Cult and anticult: Lenin, Stalin and
Trotsky in the 1920s
Speaker Prof Kevin Morgan
Kevin Morgan is Professor of Politics and Contemporary History at the University of Manchester. Former editor of Socialist History, Kevin is author of numerous studies on the history of Communism, including Labour Legends and Russian Gold, Harry Pollitt (Lives of the Left), Against Fascism and War: Ruptures and
Continuities in British Communist Politics, 1935-41. He is an editor of the journal, Twentieth Century Communism.
Kevin is a trustee to the Communist Party of Great Britain Archives Trust and the Working Class Movement Library, Salford.… Read on ...