History

This week in history: August 31-September 6

31 August 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

The 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima

By Peter Symonds, 6 August 2015

Washington’s use of the atomic weapons was aimed at terrorising not just the Japanese regime, but above all the Soviet Union, and ensuring post-war American global dominance.

This week in history: August 3-9

3 August 2015

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

This week in history: July 27-August 2

27 July 2015

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

Samuel Kassow’s Who Will Write Our History?

By Clara Weiss, 25 July 2015

Kassow’s history of the Oyneg Shabes underground archive in the Warsaw Ghetto combines remarkable objectivity with a deep compassion for the tragic fate of Warsaw’s Jewry during World War II.

Foreword to The Frankfurt School, Postmodernism and the Politics of the Pseudo-Left: A Marxist Critique

Part One

By David North, 21 July 2015

The polemical essays in this volume examine the complex interaction between history, philosophy and politics. It is vital reading for those who wish to deepen their knowledge of classical Marxism.

This week in history: July 20-26

20 July 2015

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

Release of grand jury transcript points again to frameup of the Rosenbergs

By Fred Mazelis, 18 July 2015

The new revelations undermine the post-Soviet effort to reaffirm the supposed guilt of the Rosenbergs.

Auschwitz bookkeeper Gröning sentenced to four years in prison

By Sybille Fuchs, 18 July 2015

For decades, the German judicial system showed little interest in prosecuting those who participated in the murder machinery of the Nazis.

This week in history: July 13-19

13 July 2015

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

The Nazi past of Germany’s post-war political elite

By Verena Nees, 7 July 2015

The Brown Book continues to be a crucial source for the exposure of Nazism in German political and military circles.

This week in history: July 6-12

6 July 2015

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

This week in history: June 29-July 5

29 June 2015

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

Trotskyism and the Minneapolis Teamsters Strike of 1934

Revolutionary Teamsters: The Minneapolis Truckers’ Strike of 1934, by Bryan Palmer

By Tom Mackaman and Jerry White, 24 June 2015

A recent book by historian Bryan Palmer chronicles the role of American Trotskyists in leading one of the most important strikes in US history.

This week in history: June 22-28

22 June 2015

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The Magna Carta and democratic rights

By Richard Hoffman and Mike Head, 15 June 2015

Today, 800 years after the Magna Carta, the international working class confronts an historic assault on its fundamental democratic rights.

A review of Stephen Kotkin’s Stalin: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928: Part three

By Fred Williams, 3 June 2015

Stephen Kotkin’s first volume of a projected three-volume biography of Stalin, published by Penguin Press, is a travesty of historical writing.

This week in history: June 1-7

1 June 2015

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

This week in history: May 25-31

25 May 2015

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

This week in history: May 18-24

18 May 2015

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

Germany: Auschwitz survivors testify against former SS officer

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 12 May 2015

The prosecution of former SS officer Oskar Gröning has highlighted his role in crimes against humanity.

This week in history: May 11-17

11 May 2015

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

Seventy years since the defeat of Hitler’s Third Reich

By Fred Williams, 9 May 2015

The boycott of the May 9 celebrations in Moscow by the US and Germany is bound up with their alliance with fascistic forces and their virulently anti-Russian foreign policy.

VE Day in Germany: War commemoration and war propaganda

By Peter Schwarz, 9 May 2015

Previous commemorations of the end of the Second World War were dedicated to shared reflection on the past, now they revolve around current conflicts and future wars.

This week in history: May 4-10

4 May 2015

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

This week in history: April 27-May 3

27 April 2015

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

The role of Australian schools in World War I

Soldier Boys: The Militarisation of Australian and New Zealand Schools for World War I

By Margaret Rees and Linda Levin, 25 April 2015

The vast majority of recruits to the Australian military during WWI were the product of a harsh and punitive system of compulsory military training.

World War I: The breakdown of capitalism

By Nick Beams, 23 April 2015

Today we are reposting a lecture delivered by Nick Beams at the SEP (US) Summer School held August 14–20, 2005 in Ann Arbor Michigan.

This week in history: April 20-26

20 April 2015

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

Twenty years since the Oklahoma City bombing

20 April 2015

April 19 marked the twentieth anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City, the bloodiest act of terrorism on US soil up to that point.

Australian World War I “celebration” buries history of mass anti-war opposition

By Richard Phillips, 18 April 2015

One of the central lies promoted by the saturation media campaign extolling WWI is that Australia was unified in backing the imperialist war.

“The world only discovered him a hero after he had fallen a martyr”

150 years since the assassination of Abraham Lincoln

By Tom Mackaman, 14 April 2015

In office, Lincoln guided the Civil War and transformed it from a struggle for the preservation of the Union into a revolutionary war for the abolition of slavery.

This week in history: April 13-19

13 April 2015

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

Fifty years since the death of Viola Liuzzo

By Helen Hayes, 10 April 2015

The fight against Jim Crow segregation drew in white workers and youth as well as African-Americans from the North and the South. Liuzzo’s determination to participate in the civil rights struggle reflected great changes taking place in the US in the 1960s.

This week in history: April 6-12

6 April 2015

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

New York exhibition looks at “political art” of the 1930s

By Fred Mazelis, 3 April 2015

The Grey Art Gallery show presents the work of dozens of American artists who were radicalized in the period of the Depression, revolutionary struggle, the rise of fascism and the looming threat of world war.

This week in history: March 30-April 4

30 March 2015

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

Centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign: Turkish elite commemorates imperialist bloodbath

By Halil Celi, 25 March 2015

The Turkish ruling elite has promoted the glorification of the imperialist bloodbath at the Dardanelles as “the defence of the motherland.”

This week in history: March 23-29

23 March 2015

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

Socialism and historical truth

A lecture delivered at the Leipzig Book Fair

By David North, 17 March 2015

This lecture was delivered before an audience of 450 people on the occasion of the publication of the German-language edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century.

Hundreds attend lecture introducing German edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

By our correspondents, 17 March 2015

WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North presented the German edition of his book to an audience of students, workers and visitors to the Leipzig Book Fair.

This week in history: March 16-22

16 March 2015

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

Exhibition at New York’s Morgan Library

Lincoln Speaks: Words That Transformed a Nation

By Fred Mazelis, 13 March 2015

An exhibition of letters and speeches makes the US Civil War and the role of Abraham Lincoln come alive.

This week in history: March 9-15

9 March 2015

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

The horrors of war depicted

Images of War—Sensory War 1914-2014: An exhibition at Manchester City Art Gallery

By Margot Miller, 6 March 2015

The gallery assembled both contemporary and historical art, adding to its already substantial collection of WWI art exhibits.

Sri Lankan pseudo-left dresses up US regime-change as a “democratic revolution”

By K. Ratnayake, 6 March 2015

The grubbier the political whitewash, the bigger the lies and historical falsifications—and it so proves to be the case with NSSP leader Karunaratne.

Interview with Gordon Wood on the American Revolution: Part two

“History has to engage the whole public”

By Tom Mackaman, 4 March 2015

This is the second part of a two-part interview with Gordon Wood, a leading historian of the American Revolution. Part one was posted March 3.

Interview with Gordon Wood on the American Revolution: Part one

“Labor celebrated as the highest value”

By Tom Mackaman, 3 March 2015

Gordon Wood, a leading historian of the American Revolution, recently spoke with the World Socialist Web Site.

This week in history: March 2-8

2 March 2015

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

This week in history: February 23-March 1

23 February 2015

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

A warning to US oil workers: The United Steelworkers’ record of betrayal

By Shannon Jones, 18 February 2015

Over the past three decades, the USW has overseen the betrayal of scores of strikes and the decimation of workers’ jobs, health care and pensions.

Nearly 4,000 blacks were lynched in Jim Crow South, report finds

By Tom Mackaman, 17 February 2015

A new study compiles extra-judicial murders of African Americans that took place between 1870 and 1940.

This week in history: February 16-22

16 February 2015

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

This week in history: February 9-15

9 February 2015

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This week in history: February 2-8

2 February 2015

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

The 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz

By Bill Van Auken, 28 January 2015

The anniversary’s observance was overshadowed by a new drive toward world war and the threat of historic crimes to come.

This week in history: January 26-February 1

26 January 2015

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

This week in history: January 19-25

19 January 2015

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

Charlie Hebdo and the specter of Vichy: From Laval to Hollande

By Joseph Kishore and Alex Lantier, 16 January 2015

The events of the past week in France have a troubling historical resonance with an earlier period of French history, when the French ruling class collaborated directly with the Nazi regime in Germany.

The Nazi war of annihilation against the Soviet Union: Part two

Nazi Policy on the Eastern Front, 1941: Total War, Genocide, and Radicalization

By Clara Weiss, 13 January 2015

The volume provides insight into the criminal historical antecedents of the current siege of cities in eastern Ukraine by the Western-installed regime in Kiev, spearheaded by Ukrainian fascist forces.

The Nazi war of annihilation against the Soviet Union: Part one

Nazi Policy on the Eastern Front, 1941: Total War, Genocide, and Radicalization

By Clara Weiss, 12 January 2015

The volume provides insight into the criminal historical antecedents of the current siege of cities in eastern Ukraine by the Western-installed regime in Kiev, spearheaded by Ukrainian fascist forces.

This week in history: January 12-18

12 January 2015

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

Leading German historian Hermann Weber dies

By Wolfgang Weber, 10 January 2015

The World Socialist Web Site is reposting an interview it conducted with the noted German historian Hermann Weber in November of 2011.

“Governments want a history that reflects their agenda”

History web site secretary discusses World War I centenary

By Susan Allan, 8 January 2015

Dr David Stephens explains how the Australian government is using the World War I centenary to promote nationalism and militarism among school children.

How the British workers’ movement helped end slavery in America: Part one

By Joe Mount, 5 January 2015

This is the first part of a two-part article on the role of the British working class in the victory of the Northern Union forces in the American Civil War and the abolition of slavery in the United States.

This week in history: January 5-11

5 January 2015

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

This week in history: December 29-January 4

29 December 2014

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

Ten years since the Asian tsunami disaster

By Wije Dias, 27 December 2014

December 26 marked the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami in which some 230,000 people lost their lives. We repost here a speech that was delivered by Wije Dias, the general secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka, on February 4, 2005.

IYSSE (Germany) lecture series: The return of German militarism and the falsification of history

27 December 2014

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality in Germany will hold three meetings in January at Humboldt University addressing key historical and political issues.

The 100th anniversary of the World War I Christmas truce

By Julie Hyland, 24 December 2014

The enduring lesson of the Christmas truce, which has burning relevance today, is that the spontaneous international solidarity of the working class soldiers had been betrayed months before by the collapse of the Second International.

This week in history: December 22-28

22 December 2014

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

Judge reverses guilty verdict in 1944 execution of 14-year-old

By Tom Mackaman, 20 December 2014

George Stinney, Jr., who was African American, was arrested, tried, convicted, and electrocuted for the murder of two white girls in the small mill town of Alcolu, South Carolina.

I Want To Live: The memoir of Izrail Agol

By Clara Weiss, 17 December 2014

The childhood memoir of the revolutionary, geneticist and Marxist theoretician of biology Izrail Agol (1891-1937) is an important document on the history of the revolutionary movement in Russia and the devastating impact of Stalinism.

This week in history: December 15-21

15 December 2014

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

This week in history: December 8-14

8 December 2014

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

One hundred years since Zapata and Villa took Mexico City—Part 3

The historical significance of the Mexican Revolution

By Eric London, 6 December 2014

Despite the passage of a century, the impact of the Mexican Revolution still dominates all aspects of Mexican political and cultural life. This is the final part of a three-part series.

One hundred years since Zapata and Villa took Mexico City—Part 2

The historical significance of the Mexican Revolution

By Eric London, 5 December 2014

Despite the passage of a century, the impact of the Mexican Revolution still dominates all aspects of Mexican political and cultural life. This is the second of a three-part series.

One hundred years since Zapata and Villa took Mexico City—Part 1

The historical significance of the Mexican Revolution

By Eric London, 4 December 2014

Despite the passage of a century, the impact of the Mexican Revolution still dominates all aspects of Mexican political and cultural life. This is the first of a three-part series.

This week in history: December 1-7

1 December 2014

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150 years since Sherman’s March to the Sea

By Tom Mackaman, 27 November 2014

In November and December, 1864, Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman led a Union army deep through Confederate territory, resulting in the capture of Savannah and the liberation of thousands of slaves.

Night Will Fall: A powerful depiction of Nazi atrocities

By Paul Mitchell, 26 November 2014

Night Will Fall explains the making of a remarkable work, the “German Concentration Camps Factual Survey”, which depicted the terrible crimes of the Holocaust in a ground-breaking and accurate manner.

This week in history: November 24-30

24 November 2014

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

This week in history: November 17-23

17 November 2014

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

Anderson: Artists and the Stasi in Stalinist East Germany

By Bernd Reinhardt, 12 November 2014

Annekatrin Hendel’s documentary focuses on Sascha Anderson, an artist and spy for the Stalinist secret police.