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Britain’s crimes in India - the truth behind the drama

10 February 2015
As a new television drama looks at British rule in India, Nick Clark looks at the exploitation, famines and massacres that were the brutal reality of the Empire

Out for freedom - socialists and the fight for LGBT liberation

06 January 2015
Laura Miles argues that we won’t win LGBT liberation until we get rid of capitalism—and to do that we have to look towards workers’ solidarity and struggle

Who are the lords of the land?

09 December 2014
As Toffs and Tories panic about land reform, Raymie Kiernan says their vast estates are stolen goods that we must take back

Black history month: They want us to forget the history we fought to make

14 October 2014
Brian Richardson argues that the history of black workers’ struggles from the past can arm militants fighting today

The Black Chronicles II: Photographs bear witness to Britain’s colonial history

30 September 2014
With over 200 photographs on show the Black Chronicles II exhibtion reveals a piece of Britain’s past that’s long been hidden, argues Michelle Adhémar

The soldiers that Empire forgot

30 September 2014
Troops from Europe’s empires who fought in the First World War were quickly erased from official histories. They are remembered by John Siblon

An empire bathed in blood: when Britannia ruled the waves

23 September 2014
In a desperate bid to head off a Scottish Yes vote, David Cameron evoked a mythical British Empire that had given democracy to the poor and freedom to the slaves. Here Ken Olende looks back at what life was really like when Britannia ruled the waves

Motley mutinies, popular pirates and slave revolts at sea

16 September 2014
Historian Marcus Rediker spoke to Ken Olende about the struggles that took place aboard the ships of early capitalism

When the war comes home - the US National Guard

26 August 2014
The National Guard is on the streets of the US once again. Ken Olende looks at four key moments when troops were used to combat struggle at home—and how they reveal our rulers’ fear of resistance

Hatreds spawned by the West - the myth of the intolerant Middle East

12 August 2014
Violence in the Middle East is often blamed on age old religious hatred. But the region's history is of coexistence—until imperialist superpowers tore it apart, argues Ken Olende

'British values' are a myth that serves the bosses

17 June 2014
What are the ‘British values’ the Tories want to promote? Nothing but lies meant to hide the crimes of Empire and bind workers to bosses’ interests, argues Raymie Kiernan

Tiananmen Square: Another China is possible

15 April 2014
The protests in Tiananmen Square that began 25 years ago this week showed the possibility of real socialism emerging in China, writes Dave Sewell

Diverse sexuality isn't alien to Africa - homophobia is

11 February 2014
Contrary to current stereotypes, Africa has a rich history of same sex relations that was buried by colonialism, writes Ken Olende

Marxism and history

11 February 2014
Understanding what forces drive human progress and change in society is crucial for all those who want a different world, writes Camilla Royle

First World War: ‘I refuse to murder and butcher people that know as little as we do for what end they are fighting’

28 January 2014
Thousands of First World War appeals from men of military age arguing for exemption from conscription were released last week, writes Raymie Kiernan

Where did capitalism come from?

16 July 2013
Talat Ahmed looks at how the system developed the way it did in different parts of the world and argues that there was nothing special about the West other than accident

Special Branch: spying on activists since 1883

02 July 2013
Britain’s secret police have a long history of trying to undermine ‘subversives’, writes Simon Basketter

Is Gove beaten on history?

25 June 2013
Tory education secretary Michael Gove seems to have made a major retreat in his attempts to rewrite the school history curriculum. 

Lessons from Germany to stop the fascist poison spreading

25 June 2013
The rise of fascism in Italy and Germany could have been averted—but only if the left understood the nature of its enemy. 

The distinct danger of fascism

25 June 2013
Socialist Worker looks at how fascism developed as a separate political current—and the strategies and tactics that the left has used to challenge and defeat it in the past

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