Monthly Archives: February 2016

London seminar: The Old and the New Left: James Klugmann and E. P. Thompson

Political Studies Association Labour Movements Group Seminar   The Old and the New Left: James Klugmann and E. P. Thompson   Queen Mary College, London France House Seminar Room Wednesday 9 March 2016, 2.00 – 5.00 pm   The Labour Movements Group is pleased to host a discussion of two recent books* on important figures […]

new documentary film: “Between Utopia and Counter-Revolution – the Lifes of Werner and Emmy Scholem”

“Between Utopia and Counter-Revolution – the Lifes of Werner and Emmy Scholem” (documentary by Niels Bolbrinker, Germany 2014, English subtitles, 17minutes) Walter Benjamin derided him as a “rogue” in 1924. Josef Stalin described him as a “splendid man”, though soon changed his mind, referring to him an “imbecile”. Ernst Thälmann, chairman of the German Communist […]

cfp: British Communism and Commitment

Call for Papers: British Communism and Commitment Day-school, 9th June 2016. Manchester ‘I am not ready to join the party’, wrote the novelist Harold Heslop to leading CPGB party theoretician, Rajani Palme Dutt in 1936, recognising the forbidding level of activism expected. The mandatory Communist hyper-commitment repelled potential recruits and actual members alike, especially in […]