Socialist Studies

Socialist Studies

Socialist Studies is a quarterly journal published since 1989 originally by Camden and North West London branches of the SPGB and subsequently the group of the same name formed by some of the members of the dissolved branches.

The general strike and Irish independence

The 1918 general strike

Interesting article by John Dorney on the syndicalist tactic of the general strike and its relationship with the struggle for Irish independence in the early 20th century.

The postal strike of 1922

Striking postal workers march, September 1922

Cathal Brennan tells the story of the postal strike of September 1922, in which the postal unions struck against pay cuts in the infancy of the Irish Free State and at the height of the Irish civil war.

‘Rough and ready work’: The Special Infantry Corps

Free State troops take prisoners

Article by John Dorney telling the story of the Special Infantry Corps, a military unit set up during the civil war of 1922-3 to suppress agrarian agitation and strikes.

Japan's 1968: a collective reaction to rapid economic growth in an age of turmoil

1968 Tokyo student protest

2015 paper written by Oguma Eiji containing lots of interesting historical information about the Japanese radical and student movements of 1968, including historical background and aftermath.

Socialist View - World Socialist Party of Ireland


Full archive of Socialist View, the publication of the World Socialist Party of Ireland, a companion party of the World Socialist Movement

A world to win

A leaflet distributed by Solidarity at a May Day demonstration in London, probably in the early 1960s (perhaps 1961) advertising one of their meetings and promoting socialism from below as opposed to the statist socialism of the Labour Party or the USSR.

Socialism reaffirmed

A leaflet from October 1960 published by Solidarity outlining ideas upon which to base a new recruitment of revolutionary socialists in the UK.

The February revolution, Petrograd 1917: the end of the Tsarist regime and the birth of dual power - Tsuyoshi Hasegawa

The most comprehensive book on the revolution that toppled the Tsarist monarchy and ushered in the next stage of the Russian Revolution. Hasegawa presents in detail the intense drama of the nine days of the revolution, including the workers' strike, soldiers' revolt, the scrambling of revolutionary party activists to control the revolution, and the liberals’ conspiracy to force Tsar Nicholas II to abdicate.

Time, labor, and social domination: a reinterpretation of Marx's critical theory - Moishe Postone

A significant text of modern value-form theory. Moishe Postone undertakes a fundamental reinterpretation of Karl Marx's mature critical theory. He calls into question many of the presuppositions of traditional Marxist analyses and offers new interpretations of Marx's central arguments.