Review: "Socialisme ou Barbarie." Un engagement politique et intellectuel dans la France de I'après-guerre
An essay by Peter Cole on the relationship between the IWW and Communism and how the collapse of the IWW had much to do with postwar events, including internal conflicts over centralization and Communism, rather than only wartime repression.
Originally appeared in Left History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Historical Inquiry and Debate Vol 8, No 2 (2003)
Review: Civil rights unionism: Tobacco workers and the struggle for democracy in the mid-twentieth century south
David Berry's biographical account of Guerin's discovery of the working class and of the links between this and his homosexuality; and a discussion of his attempts to generalise from these experiences and to theorise the question in order to inform his political choices.
Originally appeared in Left History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Historical Inquiry and Debate Vol 9, No 2 (2004)
Gender and labour/working class history in comparative perspective: the syndicalist and Wobbly experience in the USA, Australia, and New Zealand
An essay incorporating some theoretical insights about gender and labour/working class history that might help to situate the IWW and syndicalism in a new light while problematizing our understanding of the interactions of gender within that history.
Originally appeared in Left History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Historical Inquiry and Debate Vol 11, No 2 (2006)
Review: Revolution and counterrevolution: Class struggle in a Moscow metal factory and worker resistance under Stalin: Class and revolution on the shop floor
A review of two books on the topic of working class responses to Stalinism in the USSR.
Kevin Murphy, Revolution and Counterrevolution: Class Struggle in a Moscow Metal Factory, International Studies in Social History Series (New York: Berghahn Books, 2005).
Jeffrey J. Rossman, Worker Resistance under Stalin: Class and Revolution on the Shop Floor (Cambridge, Mass. Harvard University Press, 2005).
An article about French libertarian socialist group Socialisme ou Barbarie - Socialism or Barbarism. SouB had a theoretical influence on the Situationist International and others of their time.