History

July 1917: The Bolsheviks “become a power”

July 1917: The Bolsheviks “become a power”

A century ago this week, 500,000 workers and soldiers marched through the Russian capital Petrograd, with tens of thousands joining marches in Moscow, Kiev and other cities. The demonstrations on 1 July (18 June according to Russia’s old calendar), called by the pro-government socialist parties who at that time held a majority in the soviets […]

100 Years Ago, A Forgotten Soviet Revolution in LGBTQ Rights

100 Years Ago, A Forgotten Soviet Revolution in LGBTQ Rights

Review of Dan Healey’s book: Homosexual Desire in Revolutionary Russia The socialist October Revolution in 1917 brought about fundamental, thoroughgoing changes in Russian society. Millions of people in the largest country on Earth quickly found themselves far freer than they had ever been under the despotic, anti-Semitic Tsar, the strictures of the church, and the brutality […]

150 Years of Colonialism, Capitalism, Corruption and Resistance

150 Years of Colonialism, Capitalism, Corruption and Resistance

Canada was founded and formed by colonialism, capitalism and corruption countered by resistance. Unlike school history, this genuine history recognizes the central role of struggles of living people that shaped the Canada of today. From the beginnings of what became Canada, the lands and waters were exploited for resources: whale oil, fish from the Grand […]

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Russian Revolution: January 1917 – On the eve of revolution

Russian Revolution: January 1917 – On the eve of revolution

The month of January 1917 began with more setbacks for the Russian army, as the great imperialist slaughter or World War One drew closer to an end. On the Romanian front troops retreated. Morale in the Russian army was extremely low. One and a half million soldiers deserted in 1916. Over half of the country’s […]

Socialist Alternative #5 – Published
By January 16, 2017 Read More →

Socialist Alternative #5 – Published

Issue #5 of Socialist Alternative has been published. We have expanded to 16 pages. If you would like to order copy(ies) contact: contact@socialistalternative.ca A pdf is available here.

New issue (#4) of Socialist Alternative’s Magazine
By September 10, 2016 Read More →

New issue (#4) of Socialist Alternative’s Magazine

Issue #4 of Socialist Alternative has been published. If you would like to order copy(ies) contact: contact@socialistalternative.ca A pdf is available here.

Leningrad: the epic siege of 1941-44
By February 23, 2016 Read More →

Leningrad: the epic siege of 1941-44

Reprinted from the February 2016 issue of Socialism Today At the beginning of January, the BBC carried a documentary film about the blockade of Leningrad during the second world war – possibly the most tragic siege in history. The programme used eyewitness accounts and historical material to great effect. The message was powerful and moving […]

Socialist Alternative Launches Regular Magazine
By January 17, 2016 Read More →

Socialist Alternative Launches Regular Magazine

In a historic step forward, we are launching a regular publication. This follows our successful federal election publication. If you would like to receive copy(ies) of the magazine, contact Socialist Alternative: contact@socialistalternative.ca A PDF is available here

Engels and women’s liberation
By September 10, 2014 Read More →

Engels and women’s liberation

Engels and women’s liberation It is 130 years since the publication of The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State, by Friedrich Engels. Long considered by Marxists an important text regarding the origin of women’s oppression, it has been criticized by those promoting alternative explanations of women’s second-class status in society. In the […]

World War One: 100 years since the great slaughter
By July 21, 2014 Read More →

World War One: 100 years since the great slaughter

Ten million killed and more than ten million seriously injured The first world war began 100 years ago, unleashing slaughter on an unprecedented scale. This anniversary has featured prominently in the capitalist media. Most fail, however, to explain why millions of working-class people were sent to their deaths in trench-warfare hellholes: capitalism’s drive for profit, […]

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