1917 The Russian Revolution, Reactions and Impact

The Russian Revolution of 1917 changed the world forever. For once, it appeared that the oppressed workers were within grasp of the levers of state power and for a while the prospect of permanently ending exploitation seemed a real possibility. The revolutionary mood swept across continents and its impact was felt far beyond the parties of the left and the organised labour movement. The revolution inspired writers, poets, intellectuals and philosophers as much as it did workers and activists. With this special Occasional Publication the Socialist History Society commemorates these momentous events of one hundred years ago with a series of specially written articles that examine the reactions to the revolution and its impact in different areas.… Read on ...

Echoes of Revolution, 1848-1918. Revolution, Nationalism and Socialism.

School of History, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.
17-18 February 2018

As a pivotal year in European history, 1918 begs comparison with other pivotal years, in particular 1848, in which many similar social and national aspirations came to the fore. This conference will look at and compare movements for radical social and political change of those revolutionary years. We are seeking papers to be presented at the conference on any aspects of revolution, nationalism and socialism anywhere around the world during, around or across the years 1848 and 1918. Selected papers will be published in a special issue of the journal Socialist History.… Read on ...

Communism and Democracy by Mike Makin-Waite

Communism and Democracy will be published by Lawrence and Wishart in November 2017, and is available now to pre-order here…

Until 21 November, readers of Socialist History are able to order the book at 20% off, with free postage and packing: simply enter the discount code ENLIGHTENMENT in the coupon code box at the online checkout.

‘A fresh overview and searching re-appraisal of twentieth-century communism, highlighting the movement’s troubled relationship with democracy …’Read on ...

How can SHS assist in promoting the presence and presentation of women in history

A discussion paper from Dr. Greta Sykes, Associate Researcher, UCL, London

The case of an unsatisfactory representation of women both in historical writing and in numbers of historians teaching and writing has been clearly made (A Enright’s reflections in LRB/2017, W. Thompson ‘the history of civilisation is also the history of misogyny, 2015, Marx/ Engels: ‘The foreshortening of history is to impose intellectual shackles upon the further investigation of the great transformation that occurred from savagery to civilisation, ‘The first class oppression is that of the female sex by the male: the key change being the gradual deprivation of sexual freedom from women, but not from men, 1976.’

I propose that the SHS can and ought to take a lead in actively promoting making progress from a situation of inequality through the following measures:
1.… Read on ...

International Rosa Luxemburg Conference

Rosa Luxemburg and Her Ideas: Engaging the Left and Impacting the World
26 – 29 April, 2018 – Chicago (USA)

Conference Language: English

Rosa Luxemburg dedicated her life to the fight against war, poverty, exploitation and any kind of suppression. Yet today in the age of neo-liberalism, we have the same problems as in the beginning of the 20th century. Luxemburg, a versatile Marxist theoretician, excellent journalist, and effective agitator has left us a body of work that may support and impact on the present left. We invite you to present relevant papers on the life and work of Rosa Luxemburg and her close comrades.Read on ...