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History

Where is China Going? - Part one

Nearly thirty years have passed since Deng first introduced his “market reforms”. What started as an attempt to stimulate growth within a planned economy has ended up by establishing capitalist relations in the Chinese economy. How did all this happen and where is China going today?

The Collapse of Stalinism and the Class Nature of the Russian State

The question of the class nature of Russia has been a central issue in the Marxist movement for decades. Now, with the collapse of the USSR and the movement in the direction of capitalism, this question assumes an even greater importance. This work, written in February 1996 approaches the question from a dialectical point of view. (by Ted Grant and Alan Woods)

The Truth About the Second World War

Following all the Pomp and Circumstance of yesterday’s official celebrations of VE Day, the end of the Second World War in Europe, we are republishing Alan Woods’ articles on the Second World War (originally published in June 2004) as a necessary antidote. (by Alan Woods) Part One | Part Two

Women and Revolution: On International Working Women's Day 2005

Mainstream feminism has attempted to reduce March 8th to a vague and depoliticized celebration of the female sex as a homogenous group, but to socialists and working class women the world over, it as a day for mobilizing. International Working Women’s Day was instituted on the proposal of comrade Clara Zetkin at the second International Conference of Women Socialists, held in Copenhagen in 1910, with the aim of mobilizing women for the struggle against bourgeois domination. Much to the chagrin of liberals and moderates alike, this is exactly the role that International Working Women’s Day has played – most notably in 1917. (March, 2005)

Book Review: Canadian Bolsheviks: The early years of the Communist Party of Canada, by Ian Angus

It is with great happiness that we welcome the reprinting of Ian Angus' book Canadian Bolsheviks. First printed in 1981, this book details the birth, growth, and eventual Stalinist degeneration of the Communist Party of Canada covering the period from WWI to the mid 1930s. Angus provides an excellent antidote to both the Stalinist "official" history and to dry academic histories that see Marxism and Leninism as identical to Stalinism. Most importantly the book details the lessons learned by the early communists while building the most successful revolutionary party in Canada's history. In the words of Angus, "They have a lot to teach us." (January, 2005)

An introduction to historical materialism

This study guide helps to explain historical materialism, the application of Marxist science to historical situations. (by Mick Brooks)