uprisings

Apology for the Algerian insurrection - Jaime Semprun

Translated extracts of a pamphlet on the 2001 Algerian insurrection.

Solidarnosc: trade unionism in Poland - Subversion

Subversion look at Solidarność's role in the uprisings which preceded the end of Stalinist rule in Poland.

The Poltava uprising against the Bolsheviks, 1920

Ukraine, Nov 1919 - black border is present day Ukrainian border

A short account of the large scale uprising against the Bolsheviks throughout Poltava province in the Ukraine.

'As many enemies as there are slaves’: Spartacus and the politics of servile rebellion in the late republic

Gladiators

A short essay on the politics (real and imagined) of the Three Servile Wars that shook the Roman Empire, with an emphasis on the rebellion led by Spartacus between 73 and 71 B.C.

Spartacus revolt: inspiration for the proletariat

While waiting to hear someone justify what looks at first sight at least like an attempt to sell the Spartacus story as a form of pornography, it's worth drawing attention to why communists from Marx onwards and no doubt before have held the name Spartacus in such high esteem. This is an article published in World Revolution and the ICC's website. It came out not long after the success of Russel Crowe's Gladiator.

May-June 1968 - A Situation Lacking in Workers' Autonomy

Mouvement Communiste's detailed history and analysis of the movement of May-June 1968 in France.

The Everyday Lives of Parisian Women and the October Days of 1789 - David Garrioch

'The men are holding back, the men are cowards . . . we will take over'

On 5 October 1789 thousands of Parisian women tramped twelve miles to Versailles to bring the king back to the capital. This event radicalised the French Revolution.

Ceylon: the JVP uprising of April 1971 - Solidarity

Ceylon, 1971

Excellent pamphlet by Solidarity London about the uprising launched by the socialist youth organisation the JVP in Sri Lanka in April 1971.

1977: Egypt's bread intifada

A short history of the country-wide uprising against the termination of state subsidies for basic commodities in January 1977. Despite savage repression resulting in hundreds of deaths, spontaneous strikes, demonstrations, and widespread rioting forced the government to back down in just two days.

The Kolesnikov uprising

Ivan Kolesnikov

A short account of the uprising against the Bolsheviks led by Ivan Kolesnikov, like Fomin and Sapozhkov an ex-Red Army man.