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This week in history: April 14-20

14 April 2014

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

This week in history: March 31-April 6

31 March 2014

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

This week in history: March 24-30

24 March 2014

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

This week in history: March 17-23

17 March 2014

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

This week in history: March 10-16

10 March 2014

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

This week in history: March 3-9

3 March 2014

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

Interview with Tatiana Isaeva

By our reporter, 28 February 2014

Tatiana Isaeva is the granddaughter of the Marxist literary critic Aleksandr Konstantinovich Voronsky, a Bolshevik from 1904 and participant in the revolutions of 1905 and 1917 who later became an important figure in the Left Opposition.

Interview with Zorya Serebryakova

By our reporter, 27 February 2014

Zorya Leonidovna Serebryakova’s father, Leonid Petrovich Serebryakov, was a leading Bolshevik and Left Oppositionist. One of the main defendants in the Second Moscow Trial, he was found guilty and shot on February 1, 1937.

Interview with Yuri Primakov

By our reporter, 26 February 2014

Vitaly Markovich Primakov was a hero of the October Revolution and the Civil War and later an important member of the Left Opposition.

WSWS publishes interviews with children of the Left Opposition

By Fred Williams and Clara Weiss, 25 February 2014

The World Socialist Web Site is publishing interviews with three children of Soviet Left Oppositionists—Tatiana Smilga, Zorya Serebryakova and Yuri Primakov—and with Tatiana Isaeva, granddaughter of the outstanding Marxist literary critic, Alexander Voronsky.

Interview with Tatiana Smilga-Poluyan

By our reporter, 25 February 2014

Ivar Tenisovich Smilga, the father of Tatiana Smilga-Poluyan, was one of the leading members of the Bolshevik Party during the October Revolution and one of Lenin’s closest confidants.

This week in history: February 24-March 2

24 February 2014

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

This week in history: February 17-23

17 February 2014

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

This week in history: February 10-16

10 February 2014

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

This week in history: February 3-9

3 February 2014

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

This week in history: January 27-February 2

27 January 2014

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

Socialist Equality Party of Germany publishes open letter to Professor Jörg Baberowski

24 January 2014

We publish here a letter sent by the Socialist Equality Party of Germany to Professor Jörg Baberowski, head of the Department of Eastern European History at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

This week in history: January 20-26

20 January 2014

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

German writer Georg Büchner: 200 years since his birth—Part 5

By Sybille Fuchs, 16 January 2014

An exhibition opened in Darmstadt, Germany, in October 2013 that centres on the life and work of the great writer, revolutionary and scientist Georg Büchner. This is the fifth and final part of a series.

German writer Georg Büchner: 200 years since his birth—Part 4

By Sybille Fuchs, 15 January 2014

An exhibition opened in Darmstadt, Germany, in October 2013 that centres on the life and work of the great writer, revolutionary and scientist Georg Büchner. This is the fourth part of a series.

German writer Georg Büchner: 200 years since his birth—Part 3

By Sybille Fuchs, 14 January 2014

An exhibition opened in Darmstadt, Germany in October 2013 that centres on the life and work of the great writer, revolutionary and scientist Georg Büchner. This is the third part of a series.

This week in history: January 13-19

13 January 2014

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

German writer Georg Büchner: 200 years since his birth—Part 2

By Sybille Fuchs, 13 January 2014

An exhibition opened in Darmstadt, Germany in October 2013 that centres on the life and work of the great writer, revolutionary and scientist Georg Büchner. This is the second part of a series.

PBS’s Red Metal: The Copper Country Strike of 1913 commemorates Michigan’s bitter labor past

By Debra Watson, 8 January 2014

A new PBS documentary looks at a miners’ strike a century ago in northern Michigan in which 73 workers and their children were victims of a company provocation.

As 2014 begins

Geo-political tensions raise spectre of 1914 Great War

By Nick Beams, 6 January 2014

The Financial Times chose to start the New Year with an editorial entitled “Reflections on the Great War”, drawing parallels between the present geo-political situation and that which led to the catastrophe 100 years ago.

This week in history: January 6-12

6 January 2014

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Fifty years since the Frankfurt Auschwitz trial

By Sybille Fuchs, 30 December 2013

The Auschwitz hearings marked the first time some of the individuals responsible for the Nazis’ machinery of extermination were brought before courts in the German Federal Republic.

This week in history: December 30-January 5

30 December 2013

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

This week in history: December 23-29

23 December 2013

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

This week in history: December 16-22

16 December 2013

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

This week in history: December 9-15

9 December 2013

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

A concert of early and rare Shostakovich

By Fred Mazelis, 3 December 2013

Works by the Soviet Russian composer for silent film and music hall are especially welcome at a performance by the Juilliard Orchestra.

This week in history: December 2-8

2 December 2013

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

Paul Keating’s Remembrance Day address: Nationalist myth-making to glorify World War I

By James Cogan, 28 November 2013

Keating’s speech was an attempt to explain away any concerns about commemorating the war and glorify Australia’s involvement.

This week in history: November 25-December 1

25 November 2013

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

This week in history: November 18-24

18 November 2013

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

75 years since the Kristallnacht pogrom in Nazi Germany

By Peter Schwarz, 13 November 2013

The November pogroms marked the transition from discrimination against Jewish citizens to their systematic persecution.

This week in history: November 11-17

11 November 2013

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

This week in history: November 4-10

4 November 2013

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

This week in history: October 28-November 3

28 October 2013

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

This week in history: October 21-27

21 October 2013

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

This week in history: October 14-20

14 October 2013

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

This week in history: October 7-13

7 October 2013

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

The working class and the Detroit Industry murals at the DIA

Diego Rivera’s “Battle of Detroit”

By Tom Mackaman and Jerry White, 3 October 2013

The production of Rivera’s murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts, begun just months after the massacre of protesting workers near Ford’s River Rouge industrial complex, was a major political event.

This week in history: September 30-October 6

30 September 2013

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

From the archives of Marxism: Lessons of the 1973 coup in Chile

11 September 2013

September 11 marks 40 years since the bloody coup led by General Augusto Pinochet that crushed the working class in Chile and ushered in 17 years of fascist-military dictatorship. The WSWS is publishing here the statement issued by the International Committee of the Fourth International within days of the coup.

This week in history: September 9-15

9 September 2013

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

This week in history: September 2-September 8

2 September 2013

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

August Bebel and the political awakening of the working class

By Ulrich Rippert, 28 August 2013

August Bebel, a founder of the German Social Democratic Party, died one hundred years ago this month. Bebel’s SPD revealed the enormous energy, creative power and cultural potential of the working class.

This week in history: August 25-September 1

26 August 2013

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

TV documentary exposes Nazi collaboration with German intelligence agency

By Bernd Reinhardt, 20 August 2013

The German Federal Intelligence Service has collaborated with Nazi informants and recruited war criminals throughout much of its history.

This week in history: August 19-25

19 August 2013

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

This week in history: July 29-August 4

29 July 2013

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

This week in history: July 22-28

22 July 2013

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

Falsifying the American Civil War: Doris Kearns Goodwin at Gettysburg

By Eric London and Jerry White, 8 July 2013

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin attempted to strip the American Civil War of its revolutionary significance in her keynote speech at celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

This week in history: July 8-14

8 July 2013

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

Obama glorifies militarism on the Fourth of July

By Patrick Martin, 6 July 2013

Obama gave his brief address in the midst of a campaign of persecution against a genuine defender of freedom and democracy, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

Video: Gettysburg park workers, guests speak on the Civil War and the state of American democracy

By Andre Damon, 6 July 2013

In this video, workers, guests and volunteers at the Gettysburg National Military Park speak about the lasting significance of the Civil War and the ongoing attacks on American democracy.

“The entire future of democracy was hanging in the balance”

Historian Allen Guelzo speaks on the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

By Andre Damon, 4 July 2013

In an interview with the WSWS, Civil War historian Allen Guelzo explains the world historical significance of the Battle of Gettysburg and Lincoln’s subsequent Gettysburg Address.

Third day of Gettysburg anniversary: Discussions on Snowden and the decay of democracy

By Jerry White in Gettysburg, 4 July 2013

Workers and young people visiting the Gettysburg battlefields contrasted the powerful democratic ideals of Lincoln and the Union forces with government spying, war and inequality in contemporary America.

Day two of the Gettysburg Anniversary: Visitors speak on the Civil War and contemporary matters

By Eric London in Gettysburg, 3 July 2013

Conversations about the historical significance of the war and of the Battle of Gettysburg abound, and discussions quickly turn to broader topics.

“There is going to be another civil war”

Workers, young people discuss the enduring relevance of the Battle of Gettysburg

By Jerry White in Gettysburg, 2 July 2013

In conversations about the Civil War, several people who spoke to the WSWS contrasted the ideals fought for by Lincoln with the inequality and destruction of democratic rights in contemporary America.

Two milestones in world history

The contemporary significance of the Declaration of Independence and the Battle of Gettysburg

By Joseph Kishore, 1 July 2013

The American Revolution and the Civil War were two of the great events in world history, advancing democratic principles that are everywhere under assault today.

150 years since the Battle of Gettysburg

By Tom Mackaman, 1 July 2013

On July 1, 2 and 3, 1863, the bloodiest battle in the history of North America took place at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in the midst of the Civil War.

This week in history: June 24-30

24 June 2013

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

This week in history: June 10-16

10 June 2013

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

This week in history: June 3-9

3 June 2013

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

This week in history: May 27-June 2

27 May 2013

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

This week in history: May 13-19

13 May 2013

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

This week in history: May 6-12

6 May 2013

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

This week in history: April 29-May 5

29 April 2013

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

This week in history: April 22-28

22 April 2013

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

This week in history: April 15-21

15 April 2013

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This week in history: April 8-14

8 April 2013

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

Understanding Lincoln: An interview with historian Allen Guelzo

3 April 2013

Leading Abraham Lincoln scholar Allen Guelzo recently spoke with Tom Mackaman of the World Socialist Web Site.

This week in history: April 1-7

1 April 2013

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

The British working class and the American Civil War: 150 years since London’s St. James’ Hall meeting

By Tom Mackaman, 26 March 2013

March 26 marks the 150th anniversary of the “monster” antislavery, pro-Union meeting of British workers at St. James’ Hall in London.

This week in history: March 25-31

25 March 2013

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

This week in history: March 18-24

18 March 2013

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

This week in history: March 11-17

11 March 2013

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

This week in history: March 4-10

4 March 2013

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

This week in history: February 25-March 3

25 February 2013

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

This week in history: February 18-24

18 February 2013

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

This week in history: February 11-17

11 February 2013

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

This week in history: February 4-10

4 February 2013

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

Eighty years since Hitler’s coming to power

By Peter Schwarz, 2 February 2013

Leon Trotsky drew far-reaching conclusions from the disastrous defeat of the German working class in 1933.

PBS’s The Abolitionists: Remembering the political struggle against slavery

By Tom Mackaman, 31 January 2013

The Public Broadcasting System’s The Abolitionists is a reminder that the fight against slavery in the US was a hard-fought political struggle.

This week in history: January 28-February 3

28 January 2013

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

This week in history: January 21-27

21 January 2013

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

This week in history: January 7-13

7 January 2013

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

150 years since the Emancipation Proclamation

By Tom Mackaman, 3 January 2013

We repost here a perspective initially posted on September 22 celebrating the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s order that legally freed 4 million slaves and altered the course of the American Civil War.

This week in history: December 31-January 6

31 December 2012

This week in history: December 24-30

24 December 2012

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

This week in history: December 17 - December 23

17 December 2012

25 years ago: Wall Street insider trader sentenced to prisonIvan Boesky, 50 years old and one of Wall Street’s most successful speculators, was sentenced to three years in prison on December 18, 1987 for conspiring to file false stock trading records. Boesky was the center of a massive insider trading operation, illegally manipulating stock prices, conducting unlawful corporate takeovers and using false bookkeeping to cover up for his crimes.

This week in history: December 10-16

10 December 2012

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

This week in history: December 3-9

3 December 2012

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

Twenty years since Deng Xiaoping’s “Southern tour”—Part 2

By John Chan, 27 November 2012

On his 1992 tour, Deng made no secret of his embrace of capitalism.

Twenty years since Deng Xiaoping’s “Southern tour”—Part 1

By John Chan, 26 November 2012

The tour became a key turning point in the process of capitalist restoration in China.

This week in history: November 26-December 2

26 November 2012

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