Revolutionary History

Our task is to learn the lessons from history in order to prepare for the revolutionary events taking place today and in the future.
Our task is to learn the lessons from history in order to prepare for the revolutionary events taking place today and in the future.

The ideas of Marxism and the need for a revolutionary party are not the result simply of a single individual, but arise from the study of history - the history of class struggle. In this respect, the revolutionary party is often referred to as being the memory of the working class, and our task is to learn the lessons from history in order to prepare for the revolutionary events taking place today and in the future.

In this section we present a series of articles, videos and audios covering the key revolutionary struggles in history - from the early class struggles in Rome to the tremendous movements of the working class in the 20th Century. By reading, watching, and listening to these, our readers should gain a good overview of the history of the revolutionary movement and the main lessons to be learnt from these.

For analysis of 21st Century revolutionary movements, check out the News and Analysis sections of the website!

Introduction

The ideas of Marxism and the need for a revolutionary party are not the result simply of a single individual, but arise from the study of history - the history of class struggle. In this respect, the revolutionary party is often referred to as being the memory of the working class, and our task is to learn the lessons from history in order to prepare for the revolutionary events taking place today and in the future.

In this section we present a series of articles, videos and audios covering the key revolutionary struggles in history - from the early class struggles in Rome to the tremendous movements of the working class in the 20th Century. By reading, watching, and listening to these, our readers should gain a good overview of the history of the revolutionary movement and the main lessons to be learnt from these.

For analysis of 21st Century revolutionary movements, check out the News and Analysis sections of the website!


Class struggles in Rome

The class struggle in the Roman Republic - Alan Woods

Spartacus and the uprising of the slaves - Alan Woods

 

English Revolution

Oliver Cromwell and the English Revolution - Rob Sewell

The Last Stand of the Levellers - Dudley Edwards

The English Revolution (audio) - Rob Sewell

 

French Revolution

The French Revolution - Alan Woods

The Fall of the Bastille and the Rise and Fall of the Jacobins - Alan Woods

The French Revolution (audio) - Greg Oxley

 

American Revolution

Class struggle and the American Revolution - John Peterson

Marxism and the United States - Alan Woods

The American Revolution (audio) - John Peterson

 

The Paris Commune of 1871

The Paris Commune of 1871 - Greg Oxley

The Paris Commune of 1871 (audio) - Greg Oxley

 

Russian Revolution of 1917

Russian Revolution articles and educational section on Russia, Lenin, Trotsky, and Stalinism

The Russian Revolution - Adam Booth

The Russian Revolution (audio) - Alan Woods

 

German Revolution

Forward Without Forgetting - the German Revolution - Marie Frederiksen

Germany: from Revolution to Counter-Revolution - Rob Sewell

The German Revolution (audio) - Rob Sewell

 

Spanish Revolution

The Spanish Revolution 1931-37 - Ted Grant

The Lessons of Spain - Leon Trotsky

The Spanish Revolution (audio) - Jorge Martin

The Spanish Revolution (video) - Jorge Martin

Chinese Revolution

90 Years of the Chinese Communist Party - Daniel Morley

The Chinese Revolution of 1949 - Alan Woods

The Chinese Revolution of 1949 (audio) - Alan Woods

 

Nasserism

Nasser and the Egyptian Revolution - Frederik Ohsten

Nasserism (audio) - Francesco Merli

 

Hungarian Revolution

The Hungarian Revolution - Ben Gliniecki

Hungary 1956 and Political Revolution - Phil Hutchinson

The Hungarian Revolution (video) - Ben Gliniecki

 

Cuban Revolution

The Cuban Revolution - Jorge Martin

Che Guevara - Alan Woods

The Cuban Revolution (audio) - Jorge Martin

Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution - Jorge Martin

 

May 1968 - France

The French Revolution of May 1968 - Alan Woods

May 1968: The Student Movement and Revolution - Jerome Metellus

 

Iranian Revolution

The Iranian Revolution - Fred Weston

The Iranian Revolution - Ted Grant

Historical Origins of the Iranian Revolution - Mobareze

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