History

Bitterly Divided: The South’s Inner Civil War

By Eric London, 26 July 2016

A 2008 book by Professor David Williams provides a mountain of evidence refuting the claim that the recent film Free State of Jones, directed by Gary Ross, presented “a quasi-historical” approach to the American Civil War and social conflict in the Confederacy.

This week in history: July 25-31

25 July 2016

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

What is behind the imperialist campaign over the Crimean Tatars?

Part 2: The imperialist exploitation of ethnic tensions on the Crimea—then and now

By Clara Weiss, 19 July 2016

Since the beginning of the crisis in Ukraine, leading media outlets of the imperialist powers, in particular the New York Times, have been waging a campaign ostensibly directed at defending the Crimean Tatars from oppression by Russia.

What is behind the imperialist campaign over the Crimean Tatars?

Part 1: The Russian Revolution and the fate of the Crimean Tatars

By Clara Weiss, 16 July 2016

Since the beginning of the crisis in Ukraine, leading media outlets of the imperialist powers, in particular the New York Times, have been waging a campaign ostensibly directed at defending the Crimean Tatars from oppression by Russia.

A reply to our critics

In Defense of the American Revolution

By Tom Mackaman, 14 July 2016

The American Revolution, the most progressive event in world history in its time, continues to inspire the struggle for equality.

“The records were full of evidence of dissent and insurrections by common people”

An interview with Victoria Bynum, historian and author of The Free State of Jones—Part 1

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 12 July 2016

We are posting a conversation with Victoria Bynum, whose research helped inspire the film Free State of Jones, about an insurrection by Southern Unionists against the Confederacy during the Civil War.

This week in history: July 11-17

11 July 2016

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

Toward a socialist future: Children’s picture books after the Bolshevik Revolution

By Thomas Scripps, 9 July 2016

A New Childhood: Picture Books from Soviet Russia, an exhibition at the House of Illustration gallery in London, brings to light the artistic impetus provided by the October Revolution to children’s book illustrations.

This week in history: July 4-10

4 July 2016

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Warmongering and historical falsification on 75th anniversary of German invasion of Soviet Union

By Christoph Vandreier, 2 July 2016

On German television, presenter Guido Knopp and historians Jörg Baberowski and Sönke Neitzel questioned whether Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa was a deliberately planned war of annihilation.

This week in history: June 27-July 3

27 June 2016

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25 April: Animated documentary on New Zealand’s role in the Gallipoli invasion

By Sam Price and Tom Peters, 25 June 2016

The film shows the horrors of war but fails to challenge the nationalist mythology surrounding the Anzacs.

German court sentences former SS Auschwitz guard to five years imprisonment

By Sybille Fuchs, 24 June 2016

A court in Detmold found 94-year-old Reinhold Hanning guilty of complicity in the murders of 170,000 people.

Seventy-five years since the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union

By Barry Grey, 22 June 2016

The war against the Soviet Union expressed the essence of the Nazi regime, which had been brought to power by the German bourgeoisie to destroy the workers movement and end the threat of socialist revolution.

This week in history: June 20-26

20 June 2016

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This week in history: June 13-19

13 June 2016

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

This week in history: June 6-12

6 June 2016

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

Ninety years since the coup of Piłsudski

The Strategy of the Intermarium—Part 4

NATO’s preparations for war with Russia

By Clara Weiss, 3 June 2016

This is the final part of a series reviewing the history of the Intermarium, which was developed as a bourgeois nationalist antipode to the United Socialist States of Europe as proposed by Leon Trotsky.

Ninety Years Since the Coup of Piłsudski

The Strategy of the Intermarium—Part 3

The Intermarium and Poland’s integration into the US war alliance against Russia

By Clara Weiss, 2 June 2016

This is the third part of a series reviewing the history of the Intermarium, which was developed as a bourgeois nationalist antipode to the United Socialist States of Europe as proposed by Leon Trotsky.

The return of the “grand narrative”

By Andre Damon, 1 June 2016

The resurgence of the class struggle is undermining the intellectual charlatanry that underpinned the ideological dominance of various forms of anti-Marxism over the past half-century.

Ninety years since the coup of Piłsudski

The Strategy of the Intermarium—Part 2

The Intermarium from 1921 to 1989

By Clara Weiss, 1 June 2016

This is the second part of a series reviewing the history of the Intermarium, the main basis of which emerged in the period leading up to World War I, as a bourgeois nationalist antipode to the United Socialist States of Europe as proposed by Leon Trotsky.

Ninety years since the coup of Piłsudski

The Strategy of the Intermarium—Part 1

The Intermarium and the Russian Revolution

By Clara Weiss, 31 May 2016

This is the first part of a series reviewing the history of the Intermarium, the main basis of which emerged in the period leading up to World War I, as a bourgeois nationalist antipode to the United Socialist States of Europe as proposed by Leon Trotsky.

This week in history: May 30—June 5

30 May 2016

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The decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

By Joseph Kishore, 27 May 2016

President Barack Obama visits Hiroshima today, but will make no apology for the US dropping of the atomic bomb on the city. The WSWS is republishing an essay that first appeared on the 60th anniversary of that horrible crime.

This week in history: May 23-29

23 May 2016

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This week in history: May 16-22

16 May 2016

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

This week in history: May 9-15

9 May 2016

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

This week in history: May 2-8

2 May 2016

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

This week in history: April 25-May 1

25 April 2016

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

Canadian capitalism and the subjugation and decimation of the indigenous population

By Janet Browning, 23 April 2016

As Clearing the Plains demonstrates, the Canadian capitalist state was consolidated through the dispossession of the Native Indian population, through violence, chicanery, and state-sponsored famine.

This week in history: April 18-24

18 April 2016

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Fifty years since the Delano to Sacramento march: The myth of Cesar Chavez and the collapse of the United Farm Workers

Part Two

By Eric London, 12 April 2016

The union founded by Chavez has become nothing more than a business operated by family members

This week in history: April 11-17

11 April 2016

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This week in history: April 4-10

4 April 2016

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

One hundred years since Ireland’s Easter Rising—Part three

By Jordan Shilton, 29 March 2016

The Easter Rising was a seminal event in Irish history, the lessons of which the working class must assimilate.

One hundred years since Ireland’s Easter Rising—Part two

By Jordan Shilton, 28 March 2016

The Easter Rising was a seminal event in Irish history whose lessons the working class must assimilate.

This week in history: March 28-April 3

28 March 2016

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

One hundred years since Ireland’s Easter Rising—Part One

By Jordan Shilton, 26 March 2016

The Easter Rising was a seminal event in Irish history with critical political lessons for the international working class.

This week in history: March 21-27

21 March 2016

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

This week in history: March 14-20

14 March 2016

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

This week in history: March 7-13

7 March 2016

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

This week in history: February 29-March 6

29 February 2016

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

This week in history: February 22-28

22 February 2016

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

This week in history: February 15-21

15 February 2016

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

New Zealand’s first Labour Party leader was no socialist: A reply to the pseudo-left ISO

By Tom Peters, 4 February 2016

The claim that NZ Labour was founded as a socialist party in 1916 is a fabrication designed to justify the pseudo-left’s support for this pro-imperialist party.

This week in history: January 25-31

25 January 2016

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 2016

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 2016

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

Twenty five years of the World Wide Web

By Bryan Dyne, 8 January 2016

The first successful connection between two computers over the Internet using the World Wide Web was created by Tim Berners-Lee twenty five years ago.

SEP (Sri Lanka) holds public meeting on 75th anniversary of Leon Trotsky’s assassination

By our correspondents, 30 December 2015

Well aware that World War II would produce revolutionary upheavals, neither Stalinism nor imperialism could tolerate Trotsky’s continued existence.

This week in history: December 28-January 3

28 December 2015

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Notes on a visit to Łódź, Poland

By Clara Weiss, 24 December 2015

Few cities in Eastern Europe have played as great a role in the history of the working class movement as Łódź.

This week in history: December 21-27

21 December 2015

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

This week in history: December 14-20

14 December 2015

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

100 years of General Relativity—Part Two

By Will Morrow, 8 December 2015

This is the second of a three-part series examining the history, science and lasting implications of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, which remains, along with his special theory, one of the central pillars of modern physics.

100 years of General Relativity—Part One

By Don Barrett, 7 December 2015

This is the first of a three-part series examining the history, science and implications of Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

This week in history: December 7-13

7 December 2015

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Woodrow Wilson and Black Lives Matter

The political consequences of the racial evaluation of history

By Eric London, 4 December 2015

The demonstrations on racism in the US are of a typically middle class character and represent a very familiar and toxic element of bourgeois politics: the fight amongst different factions within the wealthiest ten percent.

Seventy years since the Nuremberg Trials

By Verena Nees, 3 December 2015

The post-World War II trials led to the adoption of the Nuremberg principles, forbidding aggressive war as the greatest international crime.

This week in history: November 30-December 6

30 November 2015

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 2015

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

This week in history: November 16-22

16 November 2015

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

The Political Lessons of Syriza’s Betrayal in Greece

Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International

13 November 2015

The warnings of the ICFI and WSWS that Syriza was a pro-capitalist party, hostile to the working class, have been completely vindicated.

Forty years since the Canberra Coup

By James Cogan, 11 November 2015

The concern in ruling circles in Australia and the US was that the Whitlam Labor government had failed to stem the powerful movement of the working class that had brought it to power in 1972.

This week in history: November 9-15

9 November 2015

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Mehring Verlag publishing house presents new book, Scholarship or War Propaganda? at Frankfurt Book Fair

By our correspondent, 27 October 2015

Scholarship or War Propaganda? deals with the political controversy at Humboldt University in Berlin over the critique of the positions of Professors Jörg Baberowski and Herfried Münkler in support of the return of German militarism.

This week in history: October 26-November 1

26 October 2015

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Harper’s “Victims of Communism” monument and the revival of bellicose Canadian nationalism

By Felix Gauthier, 19 October 2015

Harper’s promotion of extreme Cold War anti-communism is part of the crafting of an explicitly right-wing, bellicose nationalism that better corresponds to Canadian imperialism’s current needs.

This week in history: October 19-25

19 October 2015

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This week in history: October 12-18

12 October 2015

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

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution: No lessons learned

By Clare Hurley and Fred Mazelis, 9 October 2015

Riveting video footage along with complacent commentary adds up to a misleading account.

Twenty-five years since the reunification of Germany

By Peter Schwarz, 5 October 2015

On October 3, 1990 the German Democratic Republic was disbanded 41 years after its foundation and incorporated into the Federal Republic of Germany.

This week in history: October 5-11

5 October 2015

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Fifty years since the Indonesian coup

By Peter Symonds, 1 October 2015

The 1965 CIA-backed military coup, which resulted in the slaughter of at least 500,000 people, was one of the great imperialist crimes of the 20th Century.

Seventy-five years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By David North, 30 September 2015

The assassination of the greatest leader of the 1917 October Revolution marked the climax of the Stalinist regime’s eradication of the socialist workers and intellectuals who had secured the victory of the Bolshevik revolution.

This week in history: September 28-October 4

28 September 2015

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IYSSE (Australia) lectures discuss significance of Zimmerwald anti-war conference

By our reporters, 22 September 2015

The lectures outlined the contemporary political significance of the struggle waged by Vladimir Lenin and the Bolsheviks against the carnage of World War I.

Students discuss lessons of history at IYSSE lectures

By our reporters, 22 September 2015

Students, workers and young people who attended the IYSSE’s lectures on “100 years since the Zimmerwald anti-war conference: How the Russian Revolution was prepared,” spoke to World Socialist Web Site reporters after the campus events.

This week in history: September 21-27

21 September 2015

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The crimes of the Nazis in Greece: Part 3

By Katerina Selin, 14 September 2015

The German-dominated EU austerity measures imposed on Greece are directly in line with the Nazis’ World War II subjugation and plundering of the country.

This week in history: September 14-20

14 September 2015

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The crimes of the Nazis in Greece: Part two

By Katerina Selin, 12 September 2015

The occupation of Greece by Nazi Germany was the occasion for some of the worst crimes of World War II.

The crimes of the Nazis in Greece: Part one

By Katerina Selin, 11 September 2015

The occupation of Greece by Nazi Germany was the occasion for some of the worst crimes of World War II.

This week in history: September 7-13

7 September 2015

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Author of books on Orson Welles, film noir, Vincente Minnelli and more

An interview with film historian and critic James Naremore

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 2 September 2015

James Naremore has written influential books on directors Orson Welles, Vincente Minnelli and Stanley Kubrick, on Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, Alexander Mackendrick’s Sweet Smell of Success and the film noir genre.

This week in history: August 31-September 6

31 August 2015

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The British Library’s Magna Carta exhibition: A vital though flawed presentation

By Joe Mount, 28 August 2015

The exhibition features a breathtaking array of documents of world-historical significance, brought together for a public audience for the first time.

This week in history: August 24-30

24 August 2015

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75 years since the assassination of Trotsky: 1940-2015

Leon Trotsky’s place in history

By David North, 21 August 2015

Published here is a section of a lecture delivered on the 60th anniversary of the assassination of Leon Trotsky. The full lecture is included in David North’s book, In Defense of Leon Trotsky.

Seventy-five years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By Joseph Kishore, 20 August 2015

Seventy-five years after his death, Trotsky emerges ever more clearly as a world historical figure who not only influenced the course of the 20th century, but whose writings and ideas remain an essential guide for orienting the working class today.

Book review

The Devil is Here in These Hills: West Virginia’s Coal Miners and their Battle for Freedom, by James Green

By Tom Mackaman, 18 August 2015

The book’s most important—and timely—contribution is its revelation of the startling level of violence that characterized class relations in an earlier period.

This week in history: August 17-23

17 August 2015

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The covert “selling” of anticommunism

The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America

Part 2

By Nancy Hanover, 12 August 2015

The Mighty Wurlitzer is an examination of the CIA’s 1947-67 campaigns against anti-capitalist and socialist thought.

Protesters denounce military legislation as Japan marks anniversary of nuclear bombings

By Ben McGrath, 11 August 2015

A Nagasaki survivor recounted the horrors of the blast and denounced Prime Minister Abe’s moves to amend Japan’s post-World War II constitution.

The covert “selling” of anticommunism

The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America

Part 1

By Nancy Hanover, 11 August 2015

The Mighty Wurlitzer is an examination of the CIA’s 1947-67 campaigns against militant, anti-capitalist and particularly socialist thought.

Foreword to Scholarship or War Propaganda? The Return of German Militarism and the Dispute at Berlin's Humboldt University

By Peter Schwarz, 10 August 2015

The subject of this book goes well beyond the conflict at Berlin's Humboldt University. It is concerned with the relationship between scholarship and politics in a period of militarism, mounting international conflicts and growing social tensions.

This week in history: August 10-16

10 August 2015

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Background to the government attack on Netzpolitik.org

German court in 1992 upheld 1931 treason conviction of Carl von Ossietzky

By Andreas Kunstmann, 8 August 2015

The BGH judges in 1992 made the decisive factor the legal opinion of judges who later became supporters of the Nazi state.

International scholars call on Japanese PM to issue apology

By Ben McGrath, 7 August 2015

The historians’ statement comes just over two weeks before Abe’s scheduled speech on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.