1910s

Calgary 1919: The Birth of the OBU and the General Strike - Eugene Plawiuk

Eugene Plawiuk's history of the Calgary general strike of 1919, which started off as a sympathy strike for the Winnipeg general strike and soon escalated into their own struggle for union recognition.

The Edmonton General Strike of 1919 - Eugene Plawiuk

Eugene Plawiuk's account of the Edmonton general strike of 1919 which was sparked off in solidarity with the general strike in Winnipeg,

1919-1922: The Workers’ Opposition

Leading Workers' Opposition activist, Alexandra Kollontai

A short history of a group within the Russian Communist Party that struggled against the increasing party bureaucracy and for trade union control over industry which, by 1922, had been forcibly disbanded by the party.

The Industrial Workers of the World in Australia - Ian Bedford

A short critical, but generally sympathetic, assessment of the Australian Wobblies.

From; Labour History no. 13, (Journal of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History), Nov. 1967.

Memoirs of the I.W.W. [Australia] - Bill Beattie

IWW Anti Conscription poster

Recollections of struggles in the years around the First World War - by a former Australian Wobbly.

From; Labour History no. 13, (Journal of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History), Nov. 1967.

The Lena massacre, 1912 - Sam Lowry

Bodies after the Lena massacre

A short history of the brutal suppression of a strike by Russian gold miners protesting low wages and inhumane working conditions in 1912.

The Hungarian Soviet Republic of 1919: The Forgotten Revolution - Alan Woods

Hungarian Soviet Republic

Trotskyist Alan Woods on the Hungarian uprising of 1919. Wood's account suffers from the usual analytical errors by Trotskyists but is included for reference to these little-known events.

German Revolution 1918 photo gallery

Wilhemshaven 6th November 1918

Images from the German Revolution, including the Wilhelmshaven Revolt.

1918: Rice riots and strikes in Japan

From July-September 1918, Japan was swept with a wave of riots from rural fishing villages to major industrial centres and coal fields, in what was the largest upheaval in Japan to date, and the widest ranging popular disturbances since the unrest during the Meiji restoration of 1868.

1918: The Proletariat's Democratic Revolution in Finland

Red Guard

The following is an excerpt from 'The Truce and the Great Retrenchment' - Chapter 6 of Year One of the Russian Revolution by Victor Serge.