Mike Harman

Notes on working at a sixth form college library, London 2005-2007

A London college library

Between 2005-2007 a member of the libcom group worked term-time in the library at a Sixth Form College in London. This article/interview documents his attempts to organise his workplace and touches on some wider issues around working in education in the UK.

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.

The Vichuga uprising, 1932

Soviet poster exhorting factory workers to join the Bolsheviks, 1932

In April 1932 at Vichuga, Ivanovo Industrial Region (IPO), USSR, 16,000 textile workers struck at several factories and temporarily took control of the town until the uprising was crushed by both heavy repression and promises of reform from central Soviet command.

The cultural Cold War: corporate and state intervention in the arts - Mike Harman

Number 8 by Jackson Pollock.

A look at involvement of governments and corporations attempting to push their interests in the world of art and culture since the middle of the last century.