Killing Communists in Havana – The Start of the Cold War in Latin America

Launch of a Socialist History Society Occasional Publication

Jesús Menéndez, General Secretary of the Cuban Sugar Workers’ Federation

Speaker: Steve Cushion
Author of A HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE CUBAN REVOLUTION
Socialist History Society Public Meeting
Saturday 26th November 2016 2.00pm
MARX MEMORIAL LIBRARY
37a Clerkenwell Green EC1R 0DU nearest tube Farringdon

The Cold War started early in Cuba, with anti-communist purges of the trade unions already under way by 1947. Corruption and government intervention succeeded in removing the left-wing leaders of many unions but, in those sectors where this approach failed, gunmen linked to the ruling party shot and killed a dozen leading trade union militants, including the General Secretary of the Cuban Sugar Workers’ Federation.… Read on ...

Goddesses, Empresses, Sphinxes: Matriarchy at the Crossroads to Patriarchy

Saturday 11th June 2016 2.00pm
MARX MEMORIAL LIBRARY
37a Clerkenwell Green EC1R 0DU nearest tube Farringdon
FREE TO ATTEND – ALL WELCOME
The Socialist History Society AGM will take place at 1pm in the same venue before the public meeting

In his recent book ‘Work, Sex and Power’ Professor Willie Thompson comments: ‘The history of civilisation is also the history of misogyny’. Greta Sykes will take up Willie Thompson’s thread from the age of Antiquity to explore current narratives about Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Byzantium. How did early humans experience the male-female competition for power and social control? What is the role of sexuality in this struggle?… Read on ...

SYLVIA PANKHURST, THE EASTER RISING AND THE WOMAN’S DREADNOUGHT

Irish Citizen Army

Socialist History Society Occasional Publication 38

In O’Connell Street and along Eden Quay the dust was still thick upon the ground, the air was heavy with burning, and dense clouds of smoke obscured the ruins. Even when the rain came, and after three days of it, they were still smouldering.
Woman’s Dreadnought, 13 May 1916

On Easter Monday 1916, a small group of committed Irish Republicans occupied buildings in central Dublin and declared their country’s independence from Britain. The tragic outcome of the Irish uprising was anxiously observed by members of the political left around the world. … Read on ...

Bradlaugh Contra Marx

Radicalism versus Socialism in the First International
by Deborah Lavin

Socialist History Occasional Publication 28

Apart from Charles Bradlaugh’s joint trial with Annie Besant for publishing a birth control pamphlet in 1877, Bradlaugh’s name has been lost to history. Yet in the 1860s through to the 1880s, he was head of the largest non-trade union radical-reformist organisation in the country.

Bradlaugh loathed socialism and argued that strikes were a useless attempt to buck the market, but as he was such a terrific speaker he attracted vast audiences of working people to his regular Sunday lectures cum harangues

Marx kept Bradlaugh and his organisation (the National Secular Society) , out of the International Working Men’s Association, but as Bradlaugh was allied to  practically every opponent Marx ever had on the General Council, Bradlaugh still made his presence felt.… Read on ...