History

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

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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

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.

Thirty years since the PATCO strike

Part two

By Tom Mackaman, 4 August 2011

This is the second in a series of articles marking the 30th anniversary of the PATCO air traffic controllers’ strike in the US. It examines the period leading up to the strike.

Thirty years since the PATCO strike

Part one

By Tom Mackaman, 3 August 2011

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

This week in history: August 1-August 7

1 August 2011

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This week in history: July 25-July 31

25 July 2011

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This week in history: July 18-July 24

18 July 2011

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This week in history: July 11-July 17

11 July 2011

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This week in history: July 4 - July 10

4 July 2011

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“A book that fails to meet the basic standards of historical scholarship”

The American Historical Review discredits Robert Service’s biography of Leon Trotsky

the Political Committee Socialist Equality Party (US), 28 June 2011

The American Historical Review has published a critical examination of two books: the denunciatory biography Trotsky by British historian Robert Service and In Defense of Leon Trotsky by David North, the chairman of both the Socialist Equality Party in the United States and the international editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site.

Arthur Ransome and the Bolshevik Revolution

Part three

By Dave Hyland, 28 June 2011

This is the conclusion of a three-part consideration of the English author Arthur Ransome, particularly as regards his relationship to the October 1917 revolution in Russia.

Arthur Ransome and the Bolshevik Revolution

By Dave Hyland, 28 June 2011

Arthur Ransome is known today for the international best-selling series of children’s adventure books, Swallows and Amazons that he wrote from 1930 to the late 1940s. But a recent reprint of the author’s Six Weeks in Russia 1919, which includes The Truth about Russia: Open Letter to the People of America, is a reminder that Ransome produced his most important literary work some 15 years earlier, with his powerful eyewitness account of the unfolding of the Russian Revolution—the greatest event in world history.

This week in history: June 27 - July 3

27 June 2011

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Arthur Ransome and the Bolshevik Revolution

Part 2

By Dave Hyland, 27 June 2011

This is the second in a three-part consideration of the English author Arthur Ransome, particularly as regards his relationship to the October 1917 revolution in Russia.

Arthur Ransome and the Bolshevik Revolution

Part one

By Dave Hyland, 25 June 2011

This is the first in a three-part consideration of the English author Arthur Ransome, particularly as regards his relationship to the October 1917 revolution in Russia.

This week in history: June 20-June 26

20 June 2011

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Historian Alexander Rabinowitch speaks in Vienna on the Russian Revolution

By our correspondents, 15 June 2011

Professor Rabinowitch’s lecture on his recent research into the Russian Revolution was enthusiastically received by a large audience at the University of Vienna.

This week in history: June 13-June 19

13 June 2011

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This week in history: June 6-June 12

6 June 2011

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“The October Revolution was the most important event of the 20th century”

Interview with Alexander Rabinowitch

By Wolfgang Weber, 1 June 2011

Russian historian Alexander Rabinowitch will be giving a lecture in Vienna on June 6. The WSWS spoke to the professor on his book, The Bolsheviks in Power, and the main themes of his research.

This week in history: May 30-June 05

30 May 2011

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This week in history: May 23-May 29

23 May 2011

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This week in history: May 16 - May 22

16 May 2011

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This week in history: May 9-May 15

9 May 2011

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This week in history: May 2-May 8

2 May 2011

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The Bolsheviks in Power―The First Year of Soviet Rule in Petrograd: Guest lecture by Prof. Alexander Rabinowitch in Vienna

28 April 2011

The American historian Alexander Rabinowitch will present his book The Bolsheviks in Power―The First Year of Soviet Rule in Petrograd in Vienna on 6 June.

This week in history: April 25-May 1

25 April 2011

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This week in history: April 18-April 24

18 April 2011

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This week in history: April 11-April 17

11 April 2011

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This week in history: April 4-April 10

4 April 2011

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This week in history: March 28-April 3

28 March 2011

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100 years since the historic workplace tragedy in New York City

HBO’s Triangle: Remember the Fire

By Charles Bogle, 25 March 2011

The excellent production values of Triangle: Remember the Fire leave an indelible visual memory of one of the greatest tragedies in American workplace. Sadly, the documentary’s limited perspective dishonors the legacy of the tragedy.

Berlin exhibition: “Hitler and the Germans”—a historical travesty

By Verena Nees, 25 March 2011

A recent exhibition at the German Historical Museum sought to blame the German people and conceal the responsibility of German capitalism for the Hitler dictatorship.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain)

Part Eleven

22 March 2011

This document, The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain), was adopted unanimously at the founding congress of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP), held in Manchester between October 22/25, 2010. It reviews and examines the most critical political experiences of the British working class, centring in particular on the post-war history of the Trotskyist movement. It is being published on the WSWS in 11 parts.

This week in history: March 21-27

21 March 2011

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The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain)

Part Ten

21 March 2011

This document, The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain), was adopted unanimously at the founding congress of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP), held in Manchester between October 22 and 25, 2010. It reviews and examines the most critical political experiences of the British working class, centring in particular on the post-war history of the Trotskyist movement. It is being published on the WSWS in 11 parts. See Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain)

Part Nine

19 March 2011

This document, The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain), was adopted unanimously at the founding congress of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP), held in Manchester between October 22 and 25, 2010. It reviews and examines the most critical political experiences of the British working class, centring in particular on the post-war history of the Trotskyist movement. It is being published on the WSWS in 11 parts. See Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain)

Part Eight

18 March 2011

This document, The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain), was adopted unanimously at the founding congress of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP), held in Manchester between October 22 and 25, 2010. It reviews and examines the most critical political experiences of the British working class, centring in particular on the post-war history of the Trotskyist movement. It is being published on the WSWS in 11 parts. See Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain)

Part Seven

17 March 2011

This document, The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain), was adopted unanimously at the founding congress of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP), held in Manchester between October 22 and 25, 2010. It reviews and examines the most critical political experiences of the British working class, centring in particular on the post-war history of the Trotskyist movement. It is being published on the WSWS in 11 parts.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain)

Part Six

16 March 2011

This document, The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain), was adopted unanimously at the founding congress of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP), held in Manchester between October 22/25, 2010. It reviews and examines the most critical political experiences of the British working class, centring in particular on the post-war history of the Trotskyist movement. It is being published on the WSWS in 11 parts.

This week in history: March 14-20

14 March 2011

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The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain)

Part Four

14 March 2011

This document, The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain), was adopted unanimously at the founding congress of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP), held in Manchester October 22-25, 2010. It reviews and examines the most critical political experiences of the British working class, centring in particular on the post-war history of the Trotskyist movement. It is being published on the WSWS in 11 parts.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain)

Part Two

11 March 2011

This document, The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain), was adopted unanimously at the founding congress of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP), held in Manchester October 22-25, 2010. It reviews and examines the most critical political experiences of the British working class, centring in particular on the post-war history of the Trotskyist movement. It is being published on the WSWS in 11 parts.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain)

Part One

10 March 2011

This document was adopted unanimously at the founding congress of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP), held in Manchester October 22-25, 2010. It reviews and examines the most critical political experiences of the British working class. Today, the WSWS is publishing the first of eleven parts.

This week in history: March 7-13

7 March 2011

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This week in history: February 28-March 6

28 February 2011

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This week in history: February 21-27

21 February 2011

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This week in history: February 14-February 20

14 February 2011

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This week in history: February 7-13

7 February 2011

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This week in history: January 31 - February 6

31 January 2011

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This week in history: January 24-January 30

24 January 2011

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Fifty years since the murder of Patrice Lumumba

By Tom Eley, 22 January 2011

The brutal murder of the leader of the Congolese anti-colonial struggle, Patrice Lumumba, remains among the most revealing crimes committed by US imperialism.

This week in history: January 17-January 23

17 January 2011

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This week in history: January 10-January 16

10 January 2011

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This week in history: January 3-January 9

3 January 2011

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