History

100 years after some women won the vote – we still have a world to win

ON 6 FEBRUARY 1918, the Representation of the People Act extended the franchise to some women over 30 and all men over 21, so that for the first time in the …

A defeated revolution: Finland 1918

The heroic fight of the Finnish workers tends to be unfairly overlooked when the great revolutionary events of 1917-18 are recounted. Jens-Hugo Nyberg tells …

15 years since Stop the War failed to stop the invasion of Iraq

The increase in militarist rhetoric and inter-imperialist tensions makes it a good time to reconsider the lessons of Britain's biggest antiwar

Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht: Heroes of the revolution

The lives and struggles of murdered revolutionary socialists Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht remain an inspiration to all those fighting injustice, …

Red October: The working class takes power

IN THE February Revolution of 1917, the workers and soldiers of Petrograd rose in spontaneous revolt against the hardships caused by two and a half years of …

India and Pakistan: the tragedy of partition (Part I)

By Dave Stockton ON 15 AUGUST 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru addressed India’s Constituent Assembly in words that have become famous: “Long years ago we made a …

The July Days: How the Bolsheviks narrowly avoided disaster

The following article was written on the 70th anniversary of the July days by Dave Hughes (1948-1991) and appears as a chapter in the Road to Red

The Bolsheviks and the revolutionary struggle for Women’s Liberation

By Joy Macready The 1917 Bolshevik government advanced a revolutionary programme for women’s rights, struggling to break with the backwardness and prejudice …

Revolutionary Women: Konkordiya Samoilova

Konkordiya Samoilova was born in 1876 in Irkutsk, Siberia. Her father was an Orthodox priest. Samoilova graduated with a gold medal from the gymnasium and …

The working class origins of International Women’s Day

By Joy Macready The struggle for women’s rights exploded towards the end of the 19th Century, as hundreds of thousands of women in the industrialised …