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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. 

We've a world to win

18 June 2013
Capitalism means misery for billions - but if we organise we have the power to overthrow it, says Sadie Robinson

1972 - when tenants struck

04 June 2013
Mass workers’ resistance and rent strikes in the 1970s showed how to beat attacks on tenants—despite betrayals by Labour and union leaders, writes Dave Sewell

Seminar to defend school history

23 April 2013
Some 60 teachers and students attended the first seminar of the Defend School History campaign last Saturday.

Waiting for peace in Korea

23 April 2013
North Korea is demonised as a pariah state. Sadie Robinson argues that its fear of attack is not so irrational if you know its history

Illuminating working class history

21 March 2013
Red Saunders, a founder member of Rock Against Racism, has recreated important moments in working class history in large scale photographs with costumed models.

Orgreave, 18 June 1984: the cops and the cover-up

30 October 2012
Orgreave, 18 June 1984: the cops and the cover-up

Britain's Industrial Revolution: the birth of a new power

26 June 2012
During this summer of royal and sporting spectacles, we seem to be surrounded by the warmed up leftovers of Britain’s patriotic myths.

Byron's rage at anti-Ludd laws

28 February 2012
Two hundred years ago last month the radical poet Byron spoke in the House of Lords against a bill to make frame-breaking a hanging offence. Bitter anger and contempt runs through his speech, made on 27 February 1812.

The Real Luddites

28 February 2012
Tory minister Iain Duncan Smith said last week that "the government’s opponents constitute a group of modern-day Luddites". Then health minister Andrew Lansley denounced those opposed to his assault on the NHS as "Luddites" too.

1972 - how workers broke a Tory government

07 February 2012
The battle of Saltley Gate is one of the high points of working class struggle in Britain.

From peasants to workers

17 January 2012
Russia’s revolutionary movement at the turn of the century was shaped by the country’s large peasantry and small and historically young working class.

The birth of the Bolshevik party

17 January 2012
The Bolshevik party—the party that led the 1917 Russian Revolution—was formed a century ago this month. It did not emerge from nowhere. The Bolsheviks split with the Mensheviks, ending a period in which the two groups had been factions inside the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party (RSDLP).

The union leaders and revolution

06 July 2010
The outbreak of war in 1914 dampened class struggle in Britain—but not for long.

Korea: the forgotten war

18 May 2010
When Japan surrendered on 14 August 1945, five days after the United States had dropped the atom bomb on Nagasaki, Korea posed a problem.

A History of the World in 100 Objects - reveals how our labour defines us

16 February 2010
I don’t know whether Neil MacGregor, the director of the British Museum, is a secret socialist. I doubt it somehow.

William Morris: Victorian artist and revolutionary

05 January 2010
william Morris is known today for his exquisite patterned wallpapers, his famous chair design, and his rule, "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."

Llanelli 1911: war on the railways

08 December 2009
The wave of strikes in Britain between 1910 and 1914 saw millions of workers fight over wages and conditions with the most militant methods. The period became known as the Great Unrest.

The peasants’ revolt shook England's rulers

01 September 2009
The Climate Camp descended onto Blackheath in south east London last week. Activists chose this piece of common land because of a tradition of radical events taking place there, most famously the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381.

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