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This week in history: December 27-January 2

27 December 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

150 years ago: The election of Abraham Lincoln touches off secession crisis

By Shannon Jones, 24 December 2010

On December 20, 1860, six weeks after voters of the United States elected Abraham Lincoln as the 16th president, South Carolina seceded from the union. Other Southern states soon followed, leading within little over five months to the outbreak of the American Civil War, the bloodiest conflict in US history, and ultimately to the freeing of 4 million slaves.

This week in history: December 20-December 26

20 December 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

This week in history: December 13-December 19

13 December 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

This week in history: December 6-December 12

6 December 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

One hundred years since the death of the great Russian novelist

Trotsky’s 1908 tribute to Leo Tolstoy

By Leon Trotsky, 2 December 2010

Leon Trotsky wrote this tribute to the great Russian novelist on the occasion of Tolstoy’s eightieth birthday.

Reflections on the Bolsheviks, the October Revolution, and early Soviet state building in Petrograd

By Alexander Rabinowitch, 2 December 2010

This report was presented by Professor Alexander Rabinowitch of Indiana University at a meeting in Berlin on October 14, introducing the new German translation of his book, The Bolsheviks in Power.

This week in history: November 29-December 5

29 November 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

Leon Trotsky’s Analysis of the Emerging Global Role of US Capitalism

By Nick Beams, 24 November 2010

The WSWS organized a panel on “The Cultural, Economic and Geo-strategic Thought of Leon Trotsky: A Retrospective Analysis 70 years after His Assassination,” at the 42nd annual convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies (formerly the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies), held November 18-21 in Los Angeles. About 1,400 historians, political scientists, economists, and literary scholars presented papers on a wide array of topics.

Assessing Leon Trotsky seventy years after his assassination

Report given at the annual convention of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies

By David North, 23 November 2010

Report given at the annual convention of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, November 21 2010.

This week in history: November 22-November 28

22 November 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

This week in history: November 15-November 21

15 November 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

This week in history: November 8-November 14

8 November 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

This week in history: November 1-November 6

1 November 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

This week in history: October 25-November 1

25 October 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

Seventy years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By David North, 21 October 2010

This report was delivered by David North, WSWS International Editorial Board chairman, to a meeting in Berlin on October 17.

This week in history: October 18-October 24

18 October 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

Great interest in lecture by Professor Rabinowitch in Berlin

By our correspondent, 16 October 2010

The American historian Alexander Rabinowitch introduced his new book The Bolsheviks in Power: The First Year of Bolshevik Rule in Petrograd at a meeting Thursday evening at Humboldt University in Berlin.

For Committees of Action―Not the People’s Front

November 26, 1935

By Leon Trotsky, 14 October 2010

In this article, written from exile in Norway in 1935, Leon Trotsky exposed the politics of the “People's Front” in France, a coalition comprising the bourgeois Radical Party, the Socialist Party and the Stalinist Communist Party.

This week in history: October 11-October 17

11 October 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

This week in history: October 4-October 10

4 October 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

Twenty years since the reunification of Germany

2 October 2010

October 3 marks the 20th anniversary of the reunification of Germany. We are posting today a resolution of the Bund Sozialistischer Arbeiter, the forerunner of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, written on October 21, 1990.

This week in history: September 27-October 3

27 September 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

This week in history: September 20-September 26

20 September 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

This week in history: September 13-September 19

13 September 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

This week in history: September 6-September 12

6 September 2010

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This week in history: August 30-September 5

30 August 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

Jimmy Reid, Stalinist union leader who betrayed Scottish shipyard struggle, dies at 78

By Steve James, 25 August 2010

Jimmy Reid, the leader of the famous 1971 “work-in” at Upper Clyde Shipbuilders (UCS) in Glasgow, Scotland, died on August 10.

East German secret police files highlight role of ex-Nazis in post-war Germany

By Emma Bode and Verena Nees, 23 August 2010

Recently released documents reveal the extent of Nazi involvement in the development of post-war German society.

This week in history: August 23-August 29

23 August 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

This week in history: August 16-August 22

16 August 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

This week in history: August 9-August 15

9 August 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

The social crisis in Appalachia

Part 5: The assault on Blair Mountain and the legacy of struggle

By Hiram Lee, 3 August 2010

Blair Mountain in West Virginia, the site of the largest labor insurrection in American history, is targeted for destruction by the coal industry.

This week in history: August 2-August 8

2 August 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

This week in history: July 26-August 1

26 July 2010

“This Week in History” provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

This week in history: July 19-July 25

19 July 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

Present historic: Carlyle, Robespierre and the French Revolution

By Ann Talbot, 17 July 2010

Ruth Scurr has done an enormous service by producing a collection of extracts from Thomas Carlyle’s powerful narrative The French Revolution to add to her earlier biography of Robespierre in which she uncovers something of the character and motivations of a man who is more usually hidden in the “blood red mist” of the Terror.

Present historic: Carlyle, Robespierre, and the French Revolution

Part two

By Ann Talbot, 16 July 2010

Ruth Scurr has done an enormous service by producing a collection of extracts from Thomas Carlyle’s powerful narrative The French Revolution to add to her earlier biography of Robespierre, in which she uncovers something of the character and motivations of a man who is more usually hidden in the “blood red mist” of the Terror.

Present historic: Carlyle, Robespierre and the French Revolution

Part one

By Ann Talbot, 15 July 2010

Ruth Scurr has done an enormous service by producing a collection of extracts from Thomas Carlyle’s powerful narrative The French Revolution to add to her earlier biography of Robespierre in which she uncovers something of the character and motivations of a man who is more usually hidden in the “blood red mist” of the Terror.

This week in history: July 12-July 18

12 July 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

This week in history: July 5-July 11

5 July 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

This week in history: June 28-July 4

28 June 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall during a given week.

This week in history: June 21-June 27

21 June 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

Mehring Books featured title

Hurricane Katrina: Social Consequences and Political Lessons

18 June 2010

This Mehring Books featured title provides an assessment of the social and political significance of the disaster caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 along the US Gulf Coast.

This week in history: June 14-June 20

14 June 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

This week in history: June 7-June 13

7 June 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

This week in history: May 31-June 6

31 May 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

This week in history: May 24-May 30

24 May 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

This week in history: May 17-May 23

17 May 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

Marxism and the Holocaust

By Nick Beams, 15 May 2010

The following is an addendum to the lecture “Imperialism and the political economy of the Holocaust,” delivered by Nick Beams at San Diego State University on April 29.

Imperialism and the political economy of the Holocaust

By Nick Beams, 12 May 2010

This lecture was delivered at San Diego State University on April 29. It was the eighth in a series entitled "Killing for a higher cause: Political violence in a world in crisis" sponsored by the Institute on World Affairs within the Political Science Department of the San Diego State University.

This week in history: May 10-May 16

10 May 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

This week in history: May 10-May 16

10 May 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

Political biography and the historical lie: An examination of Robert Service’s Trotsky

By David North, 6 May 2010

This lecture on Robert Service’s biography of Trotsky was delivered by David North, chairman of the International Editorial Board of the WSWS, at the University of Oxford on May 5.

Forty years since the Kent State massacre

By Fred Mazelis and Patrick Martin, 4 May 2010

May 4 marks the 40th anniversary of the shootings of unarmed student protesters at Kent State University in northeast Ohio.

This week in history: May 3-May 9

3 May 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

Mehring Books featured title

Fundamental Problems of Marxism by Georgi Plekhanov

28 April 2010

This week’s featured title by Mehring Books provides an outline of historical materialism in the context of the development of Marxist philosophy.

This week in history: April 26-May 2

26 April 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

US: Forty years since the national postal strike

By Hector Cordon, 24 April 2010

Forty years ago postal workers defied their unions, anti-strike laws, and the Nixon administration’s deployment of the military in New York City to carry out the first national strike against the US government in history.

This week in history: April 19-April 25

19 April 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

This week in history: April 12-April 18

12 April 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

This week in history: April 5-April 11

5 April 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

This week in history: March 29-April 4

29 March 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

Trotsky the subject of cultural events in Russia

By Vladimir Volkov, 24 March 2010

In recent months Leon Trotsky has been the subject of two cultural events in Russia – an exhibition at the State Museum of Political History in Saint Petersburg and a documentary film aired on television. While both provide a more objective evaluation of his historical role than what typically found in Russia, they each had significant limitations.

This week in history: March 22-March 28

22 March 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

This week in history: March 15-March 21

15 March 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

This week in history: March 8-March 14

8 March 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

This week in history: March 1-March 7

1 March 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

Alexander Haig (1924-2010): Long-time enforcer for American imperialism

By Patrick Martin, 22 February 2010

Alexander Haig was a trailblazer for a modern reactionary type, the political general, who crosses over from the uniformed military to high political office. Haig played a central role during two critical periods for American imperialism: as Nixon’s White House chief of staff in 1973-74, and Reagan’s secretary of state in 1981-82.

This week in history: February 22-February 28

22 February 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

This week in history: February 15-February 21

15 February 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

This week in history: February 8-February 14

8 February 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

WSWS chairman David North addresses Sydney book launch

In defence of Trotsky’s “immense and enduring historical significance”

4 February 2010

David North, the chairman of the WSWS International Editorial Board and national chairman of the Socialist Equality Party (US) spoke at the launching of his book, In Defence of Leon Trotsky: A Reply to the Falsifications of Robert Service, at Sydney’s Gleebooks bookstore last night.

Successful launch of In Defence of Leon Trotsky at Sydney’s Gleebooks

By our correspondent, 4 February 2010

An appreciative audience of 150 filled the upstairs auditorium of Sydney’s Gleebooks bookstore last night to hear David North launch his In Defence of Leon Trotsky: A Reply to the Falsifications of Robert Service.

This week in history: February 1-February 7

1 February 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

This week in history: January 25-January 31

25 January 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

This week in history: January 18-24

18 January 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

This week in history: January 11-17

11 January 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

This week in history: January 4-January 10

4 January 2010

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

This week in history: December 28-January 3

28 December 2009

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

This week in history: December 21-December 27

21 December 2009

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

Historians in the Service of the “Big Lie”: An Examination of Professor Robert Service’s Biography of Trotsky

By David North, 15 December 2009

We are publishing here a lecture delivered by David North on December 13 at the Friends Meeting House in London. North is the chairman of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site and national chairman of the Socialist Equality Party (US). The lecture develops North’s critique of Service’s falsifications, initially discussed in the review, “In the Service of Historical Falsification: A Review of Robert Service’s Trotsky: A Biography”.

This week in history: December 14-December 20

14 December 2009

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

Twenty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall

By Peter Schwarz, 10 December 2009

The following lecture was delivered by Peter Schwarz, secretary of the International Committee of the Fourth International, at a meeting of the Socialist Equality Party of Germany held November 29, 2009 in Leipzig.

This Week in History: December 7-December 13

7 December 2009

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

150 years since the execution of John Brown

By Fred Mazelis, 4 December 2009

One hundred and fifty years after his execution for the failed raid he led on the Federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, the legacy of John Brown continues to generate controversy and disquiet.

This week in history: November 30-December 6

30 November 2009

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

This week in history: November 23-29

23 November 2009

This Week in History provides a brief synopsis of important historical events occurring 25, 50, 75, and 100 years ago.

Nick Beams delivers lecture in Sydney and Melbourne

World War Two: Lessons and Warnings

By Nick Beams, 18 November 2009

Nick Beams, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) and a member of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, delivered a lecture on “World War Two: Lessons and Warnings” to audiences in Sydney and Melbourne in November, 2009.

This Week in History: November 16-22

16 November 2009

This Week in History provides a brief synopsis of important historical events occurring 25, 50, 75, and 100 years ago.

In The Service of Historical Falsification: A Review of Robert Service's Trotsky

By David North, 11 November 2009

Trotsky: A Biography by Professor Robert Service, has been brought out with considerable fanfare. The British publisher is Macmillan. In the United States, Service’s book has been published by the Harvard University Press. What underlies this evident interest of British academics in Leon Trotsky, who has been dead for nearly 70 years?

This Week in History: November 9-15

9 November 2009

This Week in History will provide a brief synopsis of important historical events occurring 25, 50, 75, and 100 years ago.

Twenty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall

The Christian Democrats celebrate Kohl, Bush and Gorbachev

By Peter Schwarz, 7 November 2009

At the end of October, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) organized a ceremony in Berlin’s Friedrichstadtpalast to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Twenty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall

Statement of the Bund Sozialistischer Arbeiter, October 18, 1989—Part 3

Overthrow the Stalinist bureaucracy!Build workers’ councils in East Germany!

7 November 2009

This statement by the Central Committee of the Bund Sozialistischer Arbeiter, the predecessor of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, was published on October 18, 1989, in the BSA’s newspaper, Neue Arbeiterpresse. Below we post the third and concluding part of the statement. Part 1 was posted November 5; Part 2 was posted November 6.

Twenty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall

Statement of the Bund Sozialistischer Arbeiter, October 18, 1989—Part 2

Overthrow the Stalinist bureaucracy! Build workers’ councils in East Germany!

6 November 2009

This statement by the Central Committee of the Bund Sozialistischer Arbeiter, the predecessor of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Socialist Equality Party of Germany), was issued on October 18, 1989. Today we are posting the second of three parts of the statement.

Twenty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall

Statement of the Bund Sozialistischer Arbeiter, October 18, 1989—Part 1

Overthrow the Stalinist bureaucracy! Build workers’ councils in East Germany!

5 November 2009

This statement by the Central Committee of the Bund Sozialistischer Arbeiter, the predecessor of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Socialist Equality Party of Germany), was issued on October 18, 1989. Today we are posting the first of three parts of the statement.

European Trotskyists mark seventieth anniversary of World War II

Whole families were forced into exile due to their anti-Nazism

By Françoise Thull, 4 November 2009

On October 11 in London, the European sections of the International Committee of the Fourth International held a joint meeting on the lessons of the Second World War. We publish here the remarks made by Françoise Thull, a member of the Socialist Equality Party in Germany (Partei Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, PSG), who spoke on the experiences of her family in France during that period.

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3 November 2009

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European Trotskyists mark seventieth anniversary of World War II

“It was industrialised slaughter on an unimaginable scale”

By Barbara Slaughter, 2 November 2009

On October 11 in London, the European sections of the International Committee of the Fourth International held a joint meeting on the lessons of the Second World War. We publish here the remarks made by veteran Trotskyist and SEP (UK) Central Committee member Barbara Slaughter.

European Trotskyists mark 70th anniversary of World War II

A battle for empire rooted in profound contradictions of capitalism

By Julie Hyland, 31 October 2009

The following is a contribution by WSWS Editorial Board member Julie Hyland to an October 11 meeting convened by the European sections of the International Committee of the Fourth International to consider the lessons of the Second World War.