Resisting plant shutdowns

A review of 3 books on factory closures in the U.S. during the 1980s.

Reaganism isn’t the problem – capitalism is!

Text from a leaflet that was distributed at an anti-Reagan rally in New York in March 1982 by the Libertarian Workers Group.

Born in Bradford - Kenan Malik

Born in Bradford - Kenan Malik

Kenan Malik analyses how the development of state multiculturalist policies in response to the struggles of asian youth in the 1970s diverted struggles from a politicised class terrain into battles for recognition of cultural identities.

Education towards heteronomy: a critical analysis of the reform of UK universities since 1978 - James Gordon Finlayson and Danny Hayward

Education towards heteronomy

A detailed history of higher education reform in the UK. Looks at how universities have been increasingly subordinated to the economy and the state.

Nothing in common: an oral history of IWW strikes 1971-1992

A short book on IWW strikes and organizing after the unexpected modest resurgence of the union in the late 1960s.

Battle of the Beanfield (Documentary)

On June 1st 1985, a convoy of new travellers, peace protestors, green activists and festival-goers set off from Savernake Forest in Wiltshire to establish the 12th annual free festival at Stonehenge. There were around 450 people in total, and they included a number of women and children. They never reached their destination. Eight miles from the Stones they were ambushed, assaulted and arrested with unprecedented brutality by a quasi-military police force.

Stop the City 1984

The current Occupy Stock Exchange London protest camped out by St Paul's is the latest in a long line of actions targeting the financial centre of London. In 1983-84 the area was the focus for a series of one day Stop the City protests. The first of these took place in September 1983 and was followed by a bigger one in March 1984. The protest in September 1984 was also substantial, but by then the police had got wise to the tactic and were more successful at imposing control through mass arrests. History is Made at Night took part in both of the 1984 events...

The 1981 riots in South London

Transpontine investigates some previously confidential Government papers, released to the National Archives at the end of December 2011, which provide some insights into the riots that swept across England in July 1981. Included in the papers is some information on events in South London, which combined with contemporary press reports gives an idea of what happened in the area at that time.

Short hot summer 1981

A series of articles by History is Made at Night on the 1981 July uprisings/ riots, which occurred in Brixton, Southall, Toxteth, Moss Side, Wood Green, London, Leicester and Bradford.

St Pauls uprising, Bristol 1980

An article on the 1980 uprising in St. Pauls, Bristol and the music scene which flourished there after with excerpts from contemporary literature.