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30 October 2004
New Year’s Revolutions Tommy Evans

Vladimir Mayakovsky: the poet of the revolution

23 October 2004
There were two revolutions in Russia in 1917 - the first in February, the second in October. The February Revolution swept away the thousand-year rule of the Tsar.

Avant-garde revolution that swept the art world

23 October 2004
Avant-Garde Graphics 1918-1934

Karl Marx in London

16 October 2004
"DRAT THE British!" Karl Marx once said in frustration at his London exile. When the European revolutions of 1848 began to crumble Marx was forced to come to London.

The year world history hung in the balance

18 September 2004
GERMANY WAS on the brink of revolution after the First World War. A workers’ revolt in this powerful country could have broken the isolation of the Russian Revolution and helped to prevent the rise of Adolf Hitler. It was a turning point in the history of the 20th century.

Great welcome for revolutionary film

18 September 2004
WE SET up a stall at the brilliant Battleship Potemkin screening in Trafalgar Square.

Country’s bitter portraits of a sick America

11 September 2004
Steve Earle’s new album is called The Revolution Starts Now. It’s country music, recorded in Nashville.

The 1917 revolution gave an all too brief glimpse of national liberation

11 September 2004
For a few brief years after the October revolution of 1917, relations between Chechens and Russians changed dramatically.

‘Bread or bullets’ was the slogan in the streets

11 September 2004
Revolutions are generally presented as the work of minorities. But history shows that during revolutions, even defeated ones, the mass of working people display the creativity and capacity for organisation normally crushed by the realities of everyday life.

Che motorcycles off the shelves

04 September 2004
THERE IS a huge desire among people to read about political ideas and political figures. The success of the new Bookmarks book, Che Guevara and the Cuban Revolution, is proof of this.

Vladimir Lenin: how to organise for a successful revolution

04 September 2004
THERE HAVE been many revolutions over the past 100 years. Every revolution has shown the potential power of ordinary people, but most have ended in defeat, compromise or simply a replacement of personnel at the top.

The fire The Clash started still burns today

04 September 2004
The Clash first thundered onto the scene in the late summer of 1976. They were in the vanguard of the punk revolution, along with others such as The Sex Pistols and The Buzzcocks.

Venezuelan referendum: ‘The people want to deepen their revolution’

04 September 2004
Venezuela’s recall referendum took place on Sunday 15 August. Some 58 percent of people voted no when asked if Chavez should go.

Why revolutionaries oppose all oppression

28 August 2004
OVER 100 years ago, Lenin argued that the model for revolutionaries "should not be the trade union secretary, but the tribune of the people, who is able to react to every manifestation of tyranny and oppression, no matter where it appears, no matter what stratum or class of the people it affects".

Vladimir Lenin: Revolutionary ideas for the 21st century

21 August 2004
Eighty years after his death, Lenin is still getting a bad press.

The bridge to revolution

14 August 2004
IN BOLIVIA in October 2003 hundreds of thousands of workers and peasants surround the governmental palace in La Paz. They demanded the resignation of Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozado, the country’s hated millionaire president. Within days, he was forced to resign and flee to Miami in disgrace.

A revolutionary network at the heart of every struggle

24 July 2004
I ARGUED last week that a revolutionary party is not necessary for a revolution to begin—but it is necessary for that revolution to succeed.

Successful revolution depends on organisation

17 July 2004
REVOLUTIONS DO not break out just because of the efforts of groups of socialists, I pointed out last week. They occur because great social crises create situations in which, as the Russian revolutionary Lenin put it, "the lower classes do not want to live in the old way" and "the upper classes" are "unable to live in the old way" any longer.

How crisis can lead to revolution from below

10 July 2004
PEOPLE OFTEN talk as if revolutions are made by existing groups of socialists getting a bit bigger and suddenly changing things.

Che Guevara: his life and legacy

26 June 2004
What made Che Guevara political? How did his ideas change? How did he become a worldwide figure in his short lifetime, and why does he still inspire so many people today? A great new book out this week from Mike Gonzalez, Che Guevara and the Cuban Revolution, gives answers to these and many other questions about the life and politics of Che.

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