History

Tatiana Ivarovna Smilga-Poluyan: May 22, 1919 – September 27, 2014

By Clara Weiss, 21 October 2014

Tatiana Ivarovna Smilga-Poluyan, daughter of the Left Oppositionist Ivar Smilga, dedicated her life to restoring historical truth about those who had been murdered and whose names had been besmirched by Stalinist reaction.

The LSSP’s Great Betrayal: Part 4

The political consequences of the LSSP’s betrayal

By Sujeeva Amaranath and K. Ratnayake, 21 October 2014

The final article in the series examines the aftermath of the LSSP’s betrayal and draws the necessary political conclusions for the working class in Sri Lanka and internationally.

This week in history: October 20-26

20 October 2014

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German intellectuals in World War I

By Verena Nees, 20 October 2014

In 1914, German intellectuals launched an “Appeal to the Civilized World” to justify imperialist war. Today, their heirs hypocritically invoke “human rights” to build popular support for war.

Excavation of gas chamber at Nazi Sobibor concentration camp completed

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 16 October 2014

The Sobibor, Belzec and Treblinca concentration camps were designed to carry out the systematic extermination of Jews and Roma living in those parts of Ukraine and Poland occupied by the Wehrmacht.

This week in history: October 13-19

13 October 2014

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Australia’s “Camp Gallipoli”—a militarist extravaganza

By Richard Phillips, 11 October 2014

The government-backed Camp Gallipoli Foundation is taking Anzac glorification and militaristic propaganda to new levels.

The LSSP’s Great Betrayal: Part 2

LSSP rejects the ICFI’s defence of Trotskyism

By Saman Gunadasa, 10 October 2014

The second of four articles on the political lessons of the entry of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party into the Sri Lankan government of Madame Sirima Bandaranaike in June 1964.

This week in history: October 6-12

6 October 2014

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Sri Lankan SEP/IYSSE public lecture series: Fifty years since the LSSP’s Great Betrayal

4 October 2014

The lectures will discuss the vital political lessons of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party’s entry into a bourgeois coalition government in 1964.

Australian government celebrates WWI seizure of German colonies

By Richard Phillips, 27 September 2014

The military victory at Bita Paka in New Guinea opened the way for Australian imperialism’s takeover of Germany’s South Pacific territories.

This week in history: September 22-28

22 September 2014

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This week in history: September 15-21

15 September 2014

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Bala Tampoe (1922–2014): Socialist revolutionary turned class traitor

By Nanda Wickremasinghe and Wije Dias, 13 September 2014

Tampoe’s political degeneration was bound up with the Lanka Sama Samaja Party’s backsliding, which culminated in its 1964 entry into a bourgeois government.

This week in history: September 8-14

8 September 2014

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World War I remembered through British art

Truth and Memory at the Imperial War Museum, London, until March 2015

By Tom Pearse, 6 September 2014

A major retrospective at the Imperial War Museum London features the work of British artists sent to capture the reality of the First World War.

This week in history: August 18-24

18 August 2014

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This week in history: August 11-17

11 August 2014

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Fifty years since the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

By Patrick Martin, 7 August 2014

The US Congress voted near unanimously to authorize open-ended military action in Vietnam after a falsified account of supposed clashes between US naval warships and North Vietnamese PT boats in the Gulf of Tonkin.

August 1914 and the myth of general enthusiasm for war in the German working class

By Verena Nees, 6 August 2014

New scholarly publications provide evidence that opposition to the outbreak of the First World War was particularly strong within the working class.

One hundred years since the outbreak of World War I

By Nick Beams, 5 August 2014

The only progressive solution was not the victory of one or another imperialist power, but the overthrow of the capitalist system.

The lessons of August 4, 1914

By Ulrich Rippert, 4 August 2014

One hundred years ago, the social democracy’s vote for war credits in World War I sounded the death knell of the epoch of national programs for the working class.

This week in history: August 4-10

4 August 2014

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This week in history: July 28-August 3

28 July 2014

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This week in history: July 21-27

21 July 2014

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The day the US shot down Iran Airlines Flight 655

By Niles Williamson, 19 July 2014

Who shot down the Malaysian jetliner over eastern Ukraine? Anyone who thinks that the US government is incapable of carrying out or sanctioning such a horrendous action against innocent civilians should consider the infamous case of the downing of Iran Air Flight 655.

This week in history: July 14-20

14 July 2014

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This week in history: July 7-13

7 July 2014

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Fifty years since the Civil Rights Act

By Tom Mackaman, 2 July 2014

The Civil Rights Act came in response to the mass protests known as the Civil Rights movement that swept the American South beginning in the 1950s.

This week in history: June 30-July 6

30 June 2014

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One hundred years since Sarajevo

By David North, 28 June 2014

Today marks the one-hundredth anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the event that triggered the outbreak of World War I.

Official Japanese report whitewashes wartime sexual slavery

By Ben McGrath, 28 June 2014

The Abe government’s review calls into question the formal 1993 apology for the army’s abuse of women during World War II.

Fifty years since the murder of the Mississippi civil rights workers

By Fred Mazelis, 23 June 2014

James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner sacrificed their lives in the struggle for democratic rights and social equality.

This week in history: June 23-29

23 June 2014

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Jürgen Habermas—Germany's state philosopher turns 85

By Ulrich Rippert, 18 June 2014

The hymns of praise for Habermas resemble a swan song for the German system of social partnership and class collaboration.

This week in history: June 16-22

16 June 2014

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Fifty years since the LSSP’s Great Betrayal in Sri Lanka

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

11 June 2014

For the first time, a party claiming to be Trotskyist entered a bourgeois government—a historic betrayal with immense consequences for the working class.

Nationalism and fascism in Ukraine: A historical overview

Part two

By Konrad Kreft and Clara Weiss, 10 June 2014

The collaboration of Germany and the US with Ukrainian fascists has historical precedents reaching back 100 years.

Nationalism and fascism in Ukraine: A historical overview

Part one

By Konrad Kreft and Clara Weiss, 9 June 2014

The collaboration of Germany and the US with Ukrainian fascists has historical precedents reaching back 100 years.

This week in history: June 9-15

9 June 2014

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D-Day anniversary: Commemorating the Second World War and preparing the Third

By Bill Van Auken, 7 June 2014

The presence of a dwindling band of survivors of World War II—the greatest exercise in mass killing in the history of the planet—only underscored the boundless hypocrisy of the official ceremonies.

New Zealand historian discusses government’s book glorifying World War I

By Tom Peters, 7 June 2014

The WSWS spoke to historian Stevan Eldred-Grigg about the pro-war book New Zealand and the First World War, produced to mark the centenary of the war.

Twenty-five years since the Tiananmen Square massacre

4 June 2014

Contrary to Beijing’s claims, the broad-based movement of students and workers was driven by deep opposition to the social inequality and bureaucratic profiteering generated by capitalist restoration.

This week in history: June 2-8

2 June 2014

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This week in history: May 26-June 1

26 May 2014

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The Civil War in 1864

By Tom Mackaman, 23 May 2014

The American Civil War entered its decisive phase 150 years ago, in the summer and fall of 1864.

This week in history: May 19-25

19 May 2014

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This week in history: May 12-18

12 May 2014

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This week in history: May 5-11

5 May 2014

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Anti-Semitism and the Russian Revolution: Part three

By Clara Weiss, 1 May 2014

This is the final part of a three-part review of a historical study by Ulrich Herbeck on the history of anti-Semitism in Russia from the tsarist empire until the end of the Civil War in1922.

Anti-Semitism and the Russian Revolution: Part two

By Clara Weiss, 30 April 2014

This is the second part of a three-part review of a historical study by Ulrich Herbeck on the history of anti-Semitism in Russia from the Tsarist empire until the end of the Civil War in 1922.

Anti-Semitism and the Russian Revolution: Part one

By Clara Weiss, 29 April 2014

This is the first part of a three-part review of a historical study by Ulrich Herbeck on the history of anti-Semitism in Russia from the Tsarist empire until the end of the Civil War in 1922.

This week in history: April 28-May 4

28 April 2014

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Government-produced book describes WWI as “successful and profitable”

New Zealand and the First World War 1914–1919

By Tom Peters, 24 April 2014

Fenton’s book is part of the government’s WWI centenary program, which is designed to revive militarism and prepare public opinion for future wars.

French TV documentary: “Shoah by Shooting—SS Death Squads in Ukraine”

By Clara Weiss, 22 April 2014

Earlier this year, the French television documentary “Shoah by Shooting—Death Squads in Ukraine” was released on DVD in Germany.

This week in history: April 21-27

21 April 2014

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This week in history: April 14-20

14 April 2014

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This week in history: March 31-April 6

31 March 2014

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This week in history: March 24-30

24 March 2014

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This week in history: March 17-23

17 March 2014

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This week in history: March 10-16

10 March 2014

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This week in history: March 3-9

3 March 2014

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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

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This week in history: February 17-23

17 February 2014

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This week in history: February 10-16

10 February 2014

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This week in history: February 3-9

3 February 2014

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This week in history: January 27-February 2

27 January 2014

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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

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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

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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

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This week in history: December 23-29

23 December 2013

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This week in history: December 16-22

16 December 2013

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This week in history: December 9-15

9 December 2013

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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

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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

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This week in history: November 18-24

18 November 2013

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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

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This week in history: November 4-10

4 November 2013

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This week in history: October 28-November 3

28 October 2013

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This week in history: October 21-27

21 October 2013

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This week in history: October 14-20

14 October 2013

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This week in history: October 7-13

7 October 2013

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