History

The Reichstag fire

Reichstag fire

A slightly abridged version of a detailed investigation into the Reichstag fire by Fritz Tobias, an anti-fascist German who discovered to his surprise that widely-believed Communist Party claims the fire was set by the Nazis were false. Published in 1963.

2008: Disruption of Oil Land Auction

An account of an environmental activists disruption of an auction for oil extraction rights in 2008.

A half-blind communist with a sharp eye for the future. Marinus van der Lubbe (1909-1934) and his Reichstag Fire

Marinus' mugshot, 1931

Interesting history of Marinus van der Lubbe, the young communist building worker who burned down the Reichstag, and was falsely denounced as a Nazi agent by the Communist Party, by Joep de Visser.

CNT 5th Congress

5th CNT-AIT Congress Report and Interview with FAI Militant

Published in the April/May 1980( V. 1- #4) The North American Anarchist

CNT debates Future

December 1979 CNT-AIT Vth Congress

Leaflet protesting the execution of members of the Tallion group

Miguel Garcia

Information about nine anarchist members of the Tallion anti-Franco resistance group who were sentenced to death in 1949.

William Morris: Romantic to Revolutionary - E. P. Thompson

William Morris: Romantic to Revolutionary (1955) E. P. Thompson

Thompson's first major work of scholarship was his biography of William Morris, written while he was a member of the Communist Party. Subtitled From Romantic to Revolutionary, it was part of an effort by the Communist Party Historians' Group, inspired by Torr, to emphasise the domestic roots of Marxism in Britain at a time when the Communist Party was under attack for always following the Moscow line. It was also an attempt to take Morris back from the critics who for more than 50 years had emphasised his art and downplayed his politics.

Karl Marx: man and fighter - Boris Nicolaievsky and Otto Maenchen-Helfen

Karl Marx

1933 biography of Karl Marx by Otto Maenchen-Helfen and Boris Ivanovich Nicolaevsky (1887-1966), who was a revolutionary Russian Marxist activist, archivist, and historian. Nicolaevsky is best remembered as one of the leading Menshevik public intellectuals of the 20th Century.

Rogue states: the rule of force in world affairs

NATO bombing of former Yugoslavia

Book from 2000 by Noam Chomsky where he argues that, contrary to popular perception, the real 'rogue' states in the world today are not the dictator-led developing countries we hear about in the news, but the United States and its allies.

Theresa Garnett vs Winston Churchill

Theresa Garnett in 1909

A short account of suffragette Theresa Garnett attacking then-Home Secretary Winston Churchill with a horsewhip in 1909, written by Anny Cullum.