Revolutionary history

Revolution — the old mole that keeps burrowing through history

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 audio files 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.

  • Ancient history

    Ancient history

    A Marxist explanation of the processes that led to the collapse of the Roman Republic. History is not an inexplicable series of random events.
  • French Revolution & Paris Commune

    French Revolution & Paris Commune

    Two magnificent events that shook France and the world.
  • WWI & Germany

    WWI & Germany

    One year after the victory of the Russian Revolution, the German proletariat entered the scene of world history and brought an end to "the Great War".
  • Russian Revolution

    Russian Revolution

    The Russian Revolution is the greatest event in world history. Studying this, and understanding why it degenerated into Stalinism, is vital.
  • Fourth International

    Fourth International

    The history of the Fourth International was one of a struggle to keep the genuine international spirit of the working class struggle alive.
  • World War II

    World War II

    D-Day was an impressive and costly military operation, but the truth is that the war against Hitler in Europe was fought mainly by the USSR and the Red Army on the eastern front.
  • Spanish Revolution

    Spanish Revolution

    The Spanish masses instinctively strived towards socialist revolution but were strangled by the class collaboration of their leadership.
  • Chinese Revolution

    Chinese Revolution

    The establishment of the People’s Republic of China marked a monumental change in world history, with hundreds of millions of human beings throwing off their humiliating yoke.
  • Cuban Revolution

    Cuban Revolution

    On January 1, 1959, Cuban dictator Batista fell, his regime falling to the guerrillas of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. Within 3 years capitalism had been abolished in the island.
  • Revolutionary 1968

    Revolutionary 1968

    The greatest general strike in the post war period showed the mighty power of the working class, only defeated by the scandalous role of the French Communist Party.
  • Iranian Revolution

    Iranian Revolution

    The revolution of 1979 tends to be seen as a movement of Islamic fundamentalists led by the Ayatollah Khomeini to push Iran back to the 6th century. This is false.
  • Ireland & Republicanism

    Ireland & Republicanism

    The national struggle and the class struggle in Ireland have always been closely connected. Today the struggle for a united Ireland is bound up with the struggle for a Workers’ Republic.
  • British Labour & English Revolution

    British Labour & English Revolution

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  • Marxism & the USA

    Marxism & the USA

    The history of the class struggle in the United States illustrates that the ideas of Marxism, socialism and communism aren't at all alien to "the land of opportunity."
  • Black struggle

    Black struggle

    “You can’t operate a capitalistic system unless you are vulturistic. You show me a capitalist, I’ll show you a bloodsucker.” (Malcolm X)
  • Stalinism in Eastern Europe

    Stalinism in Eastern Europe

    The Hungarian Revolution of 1956, the Prague spring of 1968 and the fall of the Berlin Wall were all significant events showing the dead end of Stalinism.
  • Arab Revolution

    Arab Revolution

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  • Venezuelan Revolution

    Venezuelan Revolution

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