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Minnie Lansbury

Author: 

Janine

Janine on Stroppyblog commemorates Minnie Lansbury, whose memory deserves to be dragged from out of the shadow of that of her father-in-law George Lansbury.

Janine on Stroppyblog commemorates Minnie Lansbury, whose memory deserves to be dragged from out of the shadow of that of her husband George Lansbury.

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Comments on the US Civil War

Author: 

Mark Osborn

Consider this sentence from an advert for a recent AWL public meeting on Sacha Ismail’s pamphlet, Workers Against Slavery: “When the war began, both sides, North and South, said they would preserve slavery. What changed? One thing was mass action by the slaves themselves, forcing their way into the conflict and helping to transform it into a battle against slavery.”

The self-activity of the slaves, the role of black troops and British workers’ opposition to the American Civil War.

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The left before 1968: two contributions

Author: 

Sean Matgamna, Patrick Avaakum

13 February 2016 conference: Before ’68: the Left, Activism and Social Movements in the Long 1960s

Two contributions

1. Militancy and Solidarity on the docks in the 1960s
2. The life and times of Bob Pennington

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Militancy and Solidarity on the docks in the 1960s; and: The life and times of Bob Pennington

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Ellen Meiskins Wood (1942-2016): a Marxist who put class centre

Author: 

Andrew Coates

Ellen Meiksins Wood, who has died aged 73, was a noted intellectual figure on the international left who influenced several generations of thinkers and activists.

Born in New York as Ellen Meiksins one year after her parents, Latvian Jews active in the Bund, arrived as political refugees, Wood studied in California before establishing herself as an academic in Canada, based at York University in Toronto.

Her writings were thought-provoking and luminous.

Ellen Meiksins Wood, who has died aged 73, influenced several generations of left academics and activists. She was a Marxist who combined creative and original thinking with a powerful defence of the centrality of class and class struggle to socialist politics.

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Benedict Anderson, 1936-2015

Author: 

Michael Johnson

Influential historian Benedict Richard O'Gorman Anderson died on 13 December in Java, the Indonesian island that did much to form his outlook as a scholar of south-east Asia and theories of nationalism.

Influential historian Benedict Richard O'Gorman Anderson died on 13 December in Java, the Indonesian island that did much to form his outlook as a scholar of south-east Asia and theories of nationalism.

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A failure, and a crime

Author: 

Janine Booth

Janine Booth continues describing the history of what took place at Gallipoli. Part one can be found in Solidarity 388.


Guy Dawnay, one of Hamilton’s staff officers, went to London to tell the truth about what was happening. On 14 October, Britain’s Dardanelles committee sacked Hamilton, replacing him with Sir Charles Monro. By this time, the Allies were evacuating 600 men per day due to sickness and injury.

Gallipoli was not a war of national liberation, but an imperialist invasion. While other countries mark a national day on a date when they achieved self-governance or independence, Anzac Day falls on the anniversary of an attempted military conquest.

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Savage, bloody and pointless

Author: 

Janine Booth

The First World War was into its second year when Britain attacked the Dardenelles strait, a narrow passage of sea in the eastern Mediterranean overlooked by the Gallipoli peninsula.

The First World War was into its second year when Britain attacked the Dardenelles strait, a narrow passage of sea in the eastern Mediterranean overlooked by the Gallipoli peninsula.

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Stalinism in the International Brigades

Buy online here: Lions Led By Jackals - Stalinism in the International Brigades, a pamphlet by Dale Street reporting research in newly-opened archives.

Out on 15 January 2016: Lions Led By Jackals - Stalinism in the International Brigades, a pamphlet by Dale Street reporting research in newly-opened archives.

Buy online now: £4 including postage.





A review of the pamphlet can be read here.

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"The Bustelo Incident: Marxism and Feminism"

Author: 

Myra Tanner Weiss

Myra Tanner Weiss, a long-time leading activist in the SWP-USA (no relation to the SWP-UK), recounts a dispute around feminism in the SWP in the early 50s, and its reassessment in 1986.

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Thanks to the Freedom Socialist Party office for locating this by-now-rare publication and sending us a pdf.

Myra Tanner Weiss, a long-time leading activist in the SWP-USA (no relation to the SWP-UK), recounts a dispute around feminism in the SWP in the early 50s, and its reassessment in 1986.

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