History

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.

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.

Twenty-five years since the fall of the Berlin Wall

By Peter Schwarz, 11 November 2014

The official ceremonies in Germany marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall presented a grotesque falsification of both history and current social-political reality.

This week in history: November 10-16

10 November 2014

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

Twenty five years since the fall of the Berlin Wall: A balance sheet

By Peter Schwarz, 8 November 2014

Contrary to the official myths, the initiative to restore capitalism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe came from the ruling Stalinist bureaucracy itself.

Twenty five years since the fall of the Berlin Wall: A balance sheet

By Peter Schwarz, 8 November 2014

Contrary to the official myths, the initiative to restore capitalism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe came from the ruling Stalinist bureaucracy itself.

This week in history: November 3-9

3 November 2014

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

Interview with Tatiana Smilga-Poluyan, daughter of leading Soviet Left Oppositionist

By Clara Weiss, 27 October 2014

Tatiana Smilga-Poluyan (May 1919-September 2014) came from a remarkable family with longstanding revolutionary traditions. Not only her parents, but also her uncles and aunts were active participants in the Bolshevik Revolution and the subsequent Civil War.

This week in history: October 27-November 2

27 October 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This week in history: September 15-21

15 September 2014

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

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

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

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

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

This week in history: August 11-17

11 August 2014

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

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

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

This week in history: July 28-August 3

28 July 2014

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