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Forthcoming conference: ‘Perspectives pour l’histoire du communisme français’, Paris, 14-15 Oct 2016

Perspectives pour l’histoire du communisme français Journées d’études doctorales 14 & 15 octobre 2016 Journées d’études doctorales Archives départementales de Seine-Saint-Denis • salle de conférences 54, avenue du Président Salvador Allende • 93000 Bobigny Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne Centre Malher • amphithéâtre Dupuis 9, rue Malher • 75004 Paris  Présentation: Ces journées d’études doctorales portent […]

CPGB bibliography published

In this volume (click here for full details), Dave Cope provides an exhaustive list of materials published by, and in relation to, the Communist Party of Great Britain. No attempt has been made previously to create such a comprehensive listing for any left-wing organisation in Britain. Many of the entries are annotated, especially those concerning […]

Petition Against Closing Down the Lukács Archiv

Please sign the following petition available here “We, the undersigned, wish to express our deepest worries about the resolution of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences to close down the Lukács Archives in Budapest. Görgy Lukács was one the significant philosophers of the 20th century, an author of modernity outstanding not only in philosophy but also […]

new documentary film: ‘Communism and the Cult of the Individual’

Communism and the Cult of the Individual The Soviet cult of Stalin was one of the most remarkable phenomena of twentieth-century politics. In its scale and extravagance there are obvious resemblances to the fascist state cults of Hitler and Mussolini. Nevertheless, the communist cult community was an international one, which did not only venerate the tyrant at its head, but the leaders, tribunes and martyrs who […]

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 […]

New titles on EP Thompson and Clara Zetkin from Merlin Press

Follow the link for new Merlin titles on EP Thompson:a twentieth century romantic and Clara Zetkin: Letters and Writings

CFP for new volume on British far left | Hatful of History

Watch “Liberation Theology Public Talk – Belfast Feile” on YouTube

Liberation Theology Public Talk – Belfast Feile: Liberation theology on the island of Ireland. Featuring Dianne Kirby,  Terry Eagleton, Rev. Dr. Oliver Rafferty and Fr. Des Wilson.

Watch “Dr. William Pelz, Open University of the Left, 9-…” on YouTube

Dr. William Pelz, Open University of the Left, 9-…: From Tragedy to Farce: The Rise and Fall of the American Left, 1914-2014. By William A. Pelz This talk will explore the pre-First World War advances made by the American radical movement, with particular emphasis on Eugene V. Debs and the Socialist Party, and discuss how […]

E. P. Thompson and the Making of the New Left Essays and Polemics by E. P. Thompson; Cal Winslow (ed.)

E. P. Thompson is a towering figure in the field of labour history, best known for his monumental work, The Making of the English Working Class. But as this collection shows, Thompson was more than solely a historian: he was a dedicated educator of workers, a brilliant polemicist, a skilled political theorist, and a tireless […]