“The Labour Party in Historical Perspective”

A Socialist History Society Occasional Publication

£6 – Available from:
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The Labour Party was established in 1900 by trade unionists and socialists as a means of giving a strong independent political voice to working men and women in Parliament and in local government. Its core socialist values were definitively defined in its classic Constitution adopted in 1918 at a time when the party was reorganising itself to become a more efficient national political machine. Read on ...

‘Cowie Miners, Polmaise Colliery and the 1984-85 Miners’ Strike’

Scottish Labour History Society’s new publication
Reproduced in this new 146-page book are two pamphlets by the late Steve McGrail, reporting from the white heat of struggle by Stirlingshire miners during the 1984-85 miners’ strike. Jim Phillips, author of ‘Collieries, Communities and the Miners’ Strike in Scotland, 1984-5′ and co-editor of Scottish Labour History Journal, provides a trenchant retrospective commentary,
and victimised miner Jim O’Hare an afterword. Read on ...

Communism and Democracy: history, debates and potentials

Join Mike Makin-Waite (author, Communism and Democracy) and Bea Campbell (journalist, broadcaster and author of many books) in conversation with Sally Davison (editorial team Soundings / Lawrence and Wishart)

Thursday 25 January 2018 7.00 pm
Marx Memorial Library,
37a Clerkenwell Green , London, EC1R 0DU
(Farringdon Underground Station)

Turn up on the evening – or sign-up to attend on the Lawrence and Wishart website…
As discussion continues about the relevance of the 100th anniversary of the Russian revolution, Makin-Waite’s new book from Lawrence and Wishart highlights the democratic and liberal counter-currents that always existed within the communist movement. Read on ...

1917 The Russian Revolution, Reactions and Impact


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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. Read on ...