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 ...

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 ...

Woman’s Struggle In Iran – A Prison Memoir by Nasrin Parvaz

Iranian women struggle for freedom and equality and their resistance in prison.

Nasrin Parvaz is a member of the Socialist History Society

A crowd-funding appeal…

Woman’s struggle in Iran is the story of my imprisonment for eight years by the Islamic government of Iran.

In 1979, at the age of 20, I returned from England, where I had been studying. I became a member of a socialist party fighting for a non-Islamic state in which women had the same rights as men. In 1982, while waiting to meet a fellow comrade, I was exposed and arrested by the regime’s secret police.

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LETTERS OF SOLIDARITY AND FRIENDSHIP Czechoslovakia 1968–71

by David Parker

The  eloquent and powerful letters that make up this volume tell the extraordinary story of how two men who never met or spoke to each other became the closest of friends. It was all the more extraordinary given that Leslie Parker was a veteran member of the British Communist Party while Paul Zalud was a disillusioned former communist struggling to cope under the Stalinist regime imposed on his native Czechoslovakia after the Soviet invasion in August 1968. The relationship began inauspiciously when Leslie saw a letter from Paul in The Times and wrote to berate him for it.… Read on ...