History

This week in history: October 15-21

15 October 2012

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

This week in history: October 8-14

8 October 2012

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British historian Eric Hobsbawm (1917-2012)

8 October 2012

On October 1, noted British historian Eric Hobsbawm died at the Royal Free Hospital in London. He was 95.

Lecture at Historians’ Convention: In Defense of Leon Trotsky

By David North, 4 October 2012

We publish here the text of a lecture given at the Historians’ Convention at the University of Mainz in Germany by David North, chairman of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site.

This week in history: October 1-7

1 October 2012

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Meeting in defense of Leon Trotsky at German Historians Conference

By our correspondents, 29 September 2012

David North, chairman of the international editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site, and Professor Mario Kessler, lecturer and researcher at the Center for Contemporary Historical Research in Potsdam, spoke at a well-attended meeting Thursday at the University of Mainz.

This week in history: September 24-30

24 September 2012

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Prelude to the Emancipation Proclamation

150 years since the Battle of Antietam

By Tom Mackaman, 17 September 2012

The Battle of Antietam, fought 150 years ago in the second year of the American Civil War, set the stage for Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.

This week in history: September 17-23

17 September 2012

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This week in history: September 10-16

10 September 2012

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

This week in history: September 3-9

3 September 2012

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This week in history: August 27-September 02

27 August 2012

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This week in history: August 20-August 26

20 August 2012

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This week in history: August 13-August 19

13 August 2012

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This week in history: August 6-August 12

6 August 2012

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Sixty years since the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings

By Joseph Kishore, 6 August 2012

On the sixty-seventh anniversary of the dropping of an atomic weapon on Hiroshima, Japan by the United States, we repost here an essay originally published in 2005.

Germany: Suhrkamp Verlag publishes Robert Service’s diatribe against Leon Trotsky

By Wolfgang Weber, 2 August 2012

The circumstances surrounding Suhrkamp Verlag’s release of the German edition of Robert Service’s denunciatory biography of Leon Trotsky can only be assessed as a scandal that has tarnished the reputation of the publishing house.

This week in history: July 30-August 5

30 July 2012

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

This week in history: July 23-29

23 July 2012

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“The 1968 Exhibit” in Oakland: What was that year really about?

By Marge Holland, 20 July 2012

A visitor hoping to get a new perspective on the political and social significance of the year 1968 from the current exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California will find that hope unfulfilled.

This week in history: July 16-22

16 July 2012

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This week in history: July 9-15

9 July 2012

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The definitive film record of the 1917 Russian Revolution

Mehring Books announces release of Tsar to Lenin in DVD format

5 July 2012

Tsar to Lenin, first released in 1937, ranks among the twentieth century’s greatest film documentaries. It presents an extraordinary cinematic account of the Russian Revolution—from the mass uprising which overthrew the centuries-old Tsarist regime in February 1917, to the Bolshevik-led insurrection eight months later that established the first socialist workers’ state, to the final victory in 1921 of the new Soviet regime over counter-revolutionary forces after a three-year-long civil war.

This week in history: July 2-8

2 July 2012

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Book Review:

Canadian imperialism’s intervention in the Russian Civil War

By Vic Neufeld, 30 June 2012

Benjamin Isitt has excavated an important, but long-buried historical chapter—the story of the Canadian ruling class’ intervention in the Russian Civil War and the fierce opposition it provoked among Canadian workers, including among the conscript soldiers sent to fight alongside the counter-revolutionary White armies.

Preface to Yakhot’s history of early Soviet philosophy

By Frederick Choate, 25 June 2012

Yehoshua Yakhot’s The Suppression of Philosophy in the USSR (The 1920s & 1930s) is essential reading for an understanding of the devastating impact of Stalinism on philosophy in the Soviet Union. The translator’s preface being published today provides an introduction to this new English translation.

This week in history: June 25-July 1

25 June 2012

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Letters from our readers

23 June 2012

A selection of recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site.

This week in history: June 18-24

18 June 2012

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This week in history: June 11-17

11 June 2012

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This week in history: June 4 - June 10

4 June 2012

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Remembering the Ludlow Massacre

Part 4: The Ludlow memorial

By Jack Hood, 1 June 2012

The World Socialist Web Site publishes the concluding installment in a series on the Colorado miners’ strike of 1913-1914.

Remembering the Ludlow Massacre

Part 3: The Massacre and the Ten Days War

By Jack Hood, 31 May 2012

The World Socialist Web Site publishes the third installment in a four-part series on the Colorado miners’ strike of 1913-1914.

Remembering the Ludlow Massacre

Part 2: The strike of 1913-14

By Jack Hood, 30 May 2012

The World Socialist Web Site publishes the second installment in a four-part series on the Colorado miners’ strike of 1913-1914.

Remembering the Ludlow Massacre

Part 1: Background to the Colorado miners’ strike of 1913-1914

By Jack Hood, 29 May 2012

The World Socialist Web Site publishes the first installment in a five-part series on the Colorado miners’ strike of 1913-1914, which culminated in the Ludlow Massacre and the Ten Days war.

This week in history: May 28-June 3

28 May 2012

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“Of course, Trotsky was an alternative to Stalin”

An interview with Professor Mario Kessler on the Trotsky biography by Robert Service—Part two

By Wolfgang Weber, 22 May 2012

This is the second part of a two-part interview with German historian Professor Mario Kessler on the 2009 biography of Leon Trotsky by Robert Service. Part one was posted on Monday, May 21. Professor Kessler is a co-signatory of a letter sent by 14 European sociologists and political scientists to the Suhrkamp Verlag publishing house raising grave reservations about its plan to bring out a German edition of Service’s book.

“Of course, Trotsky was an alternative to Stalin”

An interview with Professor Mario Kessler on the Trotsky biography by Robert Service—Part one

By Wolfgang Weber, 21 May 2012

This is the first part of a two-part interview with German historian Professor Mario Kessler on the 2009 biography of Leon Trotsky by Robert Service. Professor Kessler is a co-signatory of a letter sent by 14 European sociologists and political scientists to the Suhrkamp Verlag publishing house raising grave reservations about its plan to bring out a German edition of Service’s book.

This week in history: May 21-27

21 May 2012

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This week in history: May 14-20

14 May 2012

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This week in history: May 7-13

7 May 2012

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This week in history: April 30-May 6

30 April 2012

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This week in history: April 23-29

23 April 2012

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This week in history: April 16-22

16 April 2012

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This week in history: April 9-15

9 April 2012

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The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 12

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 7 April 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 11

By Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 6 April 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

This week in history: April 2-8

2 April 2012

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This week in history: March 26-April 1

26 March 2012

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Leipzig meeting on Leon Trotsky and the defence of historical truth

300 hear David North critique Robert Service’s biography of Trotsky

By our correspondent, 19 March 2012

David North, chairman of the international editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site, spoke before a large and appreciative audience in Leipzig on his recently published book In Defense of Leon Trotsky and its critique of the biography of Trotsky by the British author Robert Service.

This week in history: March 19-25

19 March 2012

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Public meeting in Leipzig: Leon Trotsky and the defense of historical truth

On the controversy concerning the biography of Trotsky by Robert Service

13 March 2012

David North, author of In Defense of Leon Trotsky, will speak at this year’s Leipzig Book Fair on March 16.

This week in history: March 12-18

12 March 2012

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The uncertain future of Pompeii’s extraordinary ruins

By Mark Church, 6 March 2012

The ancient Roman town is in great danger due to years of under-funding and over-exploitation, producing widespread degradation and the collapse of ruins.

This week in history: March 05 - March 11

5 March 2012

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This week in history: February 27-March 4

27 February 2012

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This week in history: February 20-26

20 February 2012

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This week in history: February 13-19

13 February 2012

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New evidence points to German police involvement in 1967 murder of student protester

By Franci Vier, 9 February 2012

New evidence suggests that Benno Ohnesorg, a student protester, was deliberately killed by police officer Karl-Heinz Kurras in 1967 during protests against a visit by the Shah of Iran.

Robert Service wins support from the extreme right in Germany

By Wolfgang Weber, 7 February 2012

The extreme right-wing weekly newspaper Junge Freiheit has weighed in on the debate over a German edition of Robert Service's biography of Leon Trotsky, wholeheartedly defending Service against the criticisms of fourteen historians and political scientists.

This week in history: February 6-12

6 February 2012

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David North speaks in Berlin: “In Defence of Leon Trotsky and Historical Truth”

By our reporter, 3 February 2012

David North placed his exposure of Robert Service’s slanderous biography of Trotsky in a broader historical and political context.

This week in history: January 30 - February 5

30 January 2012

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German government report highlights Nazi past of public officials

By Sybille Fuchs, 25 January 2012

A recent report issued by the German government makes clear the extent to which the West German authorities were riddled with former Nazi Party, SS and SA members.

This week in history: January 23-29

23 January 2012

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This week in history: January 16-21

16 January 2012

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This week in history: January 9 - January 15

9 January 2012

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This week in history: January 2-8

3 January 2012

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A blow against the Post-Soviet School of Historical Falsification

By Wolfgang Weber, 31 December 2011

The letter of 14 historians to the Suhrkamp publishing house in Germany calling on it to abandon publication of Robert Service’s biography of Leon Trotsky has opened the door for an honest and thorough examination of the role of Trotsky and the rise and fall of Soviet power.

This week in history: December 25-January 1

27 December 2011

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This week in history: December 19-25

19 December 2011

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

This week in history: December 12-18

12 December 2011

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This week in history: December 5-11

5 December 2011

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“Robert Service has written a diatribe, not a scientific polemic!”

A conversation with Professor Hermann Weber

28 November 2011

Professor Hermann Weber spoke to the World Socialist Web Site on the reasons for his opposition to the publication by Suhrkamp Verlag of a German translation of Robert Service’s biography of Leon Trotsky.

This week in history: November 28-December 5

28 November 2011

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European historians oppose publication by Suhrkamp of Robert Service’s Trotsky biography

By Wolfgang Weber, 23 November 2011

Fourteen prominent historians, political scientists and publicists from Germany and Austria have sent a letter to the German publishing house Suhrkamp opposing the publication of Robert Service’s biography of Trotsky. The letter cites “a host of factual errors,” the “repugnant connotations” of the passages in which Service deals with Trotsky’s Jewish origins, and Service’s recourse to “formulas associated with Stalinist propaganda” for the purpose of discrediting Trotsky.

Letter from historians to German publisher Suhrkamp on Robert Service’s biography of Trotsky

23 November 2011

Below is the text of a letter sent in July by noted European historians to the German publishing house Suhrkamp opposing its planned publication of Robert Service’s biography of Leon Trotsky.

This week in history: November 21-27

21 November 2011

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From the archives

The story of Mark Zborowski: Stalin’s spy in the Fourth International

By International Committee of the Fourth International, 17 November 2011

We are republishing a statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International originally published on June 15, 1990 in the Fourth International magazine on the death of Mark Zborowski. Zborowski, a GPU spy against the Trotskyist movement, was responsible for the murder of leading cadre of the Fourth International in the 1930s and for preparing, along with other Stalinist agents, the assassination of Leon Trotsky.

This week in history: November 14-20

14 November 2011

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This week in history: November 7-13

7 November 2011

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This week in history: October 31-November 6

31 October 2011

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This week in history: October 24-30

24 October 2011

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This week in history: October 17-23

17 October 2011

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This week in history: October 10 - October 16

10 October 2011

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This week in history: October 3 - October 9

3 October 2011

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Forty years since the Attica uprising

Nixon-Rockefeller tapes praise bloodbath—“A beautiful operation”

By Nancy Hanover, 26 September 2011

This month marks the 40th anniversary of the 1971 uprising by prisoners at the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York and its bloody suppression by state police called in by New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller.

This week in history: September 26-October 2

26 September 2011

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This week in history: September 19-25

19 September 2011

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Ed: The Milibands and the making of a Labour Leader

A transparent attempt to rebrand Labour

By Dave Hyland, 13 September 2011

Ed: The Milibands and the making of a Labour Leader (Biteback Publishing, ISBN: 978-1-84954-102-2) is less a biography than an extended memo, written by Mehdi Hasan and James Macintyre from the standpoint of explaining to disappointed supporters of David Miliband how his younger brother, Ed, won last year’s Labour Party leadership election.

This week in history: September 12-September 18

12 September 2011

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This week in history: September 5- 11

5 September 2011

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This week in history: August 29-September 4

29 August 2011

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This week in history: August 22-August 28

22 August 2011

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This week in history: August 15-August 21

15 August 2011

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Thirty years since the PATCO strike

Part five

By Tom Mackaman, 13 August 2011

This is the fifth and final installment in a series of articles marking the 30th anniversary of the PATCO air traffic controllers’ strike in the US.

“Order and Annihilation” exhibition reveals link between Germany’s police force and the Nazi regime

By Verena Nees, 10 August 2011

A Berlin exhibition impressively describes how the German police force retained its reactionary and often criminal character from the Imperial era, through the Hitler dictatorship and well into the post-war period.

This week in history: August 8-August 14

8 August 2011

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Thirty years since the PATCO strike

Part four

By Tom Mackaman, 6 August 2011

This fourth installment in a series marking the 30th anniversary of the PATCO strike examines the role of the AFL-CIO bureaucracy in isolating the strike, and the role of the Workers League in attempting to broaden it into a general strike and a political struggle against the two-party system.

Thirty years since the PATCO strike

Part three

By Tom Mackaman, 5 August 2011

This third installment in a series marking the 30th anniversary of the PATCO strike explores the determined stand air traffic controllers took, the support they received in the broader working class, and the union-busting operation carried out by the Reagan administration.