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 ...

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. 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 ...

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 ...