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A Socialist History Society publication
Danny Reilly & Steve Cushion
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In the autumn of 1620 the ship Mayflower, with 102 passengers, landed in North America and started the colonisation of the area that became known as New England. Read on ...
by Evan Smith
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A ground-breaking examination of how the Communist Party of Great Britain helped shape the anti-racist movement in the U.K.
British Communism and the Politics of Race explores the role that the Communist Party of Great Britain played within the anti-racism movement in Britain from the 1940s to the 1980s. Read on ...
Radical, Socialist and Communist Politics in the City of Oxford 1830-1980
Many studies have focused on Oxford University. This unique book tells the story of the progressive politics of the ‘town’. It traces Oxford’s local politics in the context of major events from nineteenth century ‘Reform’ to suffrage and UK socialism’s early years to CND’s rise illustrating how the city’s politics has acted as a minor training ground for future Labour Prime Ministers (Wilson, Blair) and a more substantial one for others such as Godfrey Elton and Richard Crossman. Read on ...
On 17th November, we had talks from Mike Maikin-White and David Parker on “The Legacy and Lessons of 1968”.
Mike referred to his recently published book: Communism and Democracy. He set out a number of dimensions of the 1968 events – the rebellion against authority and the reinvigoration of the left, the development of a new counter-culture, but also the wider global political context, with the Tet offensive in Vietnam, the assassination of Martin Luther King, the election of Ronald Reagan as governor of California, the return to power of de Gaulle in France, the student movement in Japan, massacres in Mexico and the cultural revolution in China. Read on ...