In December’s election, Jeremy Corbyn was constantly accused of wanting to “turn Britain back to the 1970s.” For the Right, this decade before Thatcherism is the ultimate bogeyman — presenting an age of strong welfare and trade unions as something we should fear.
Matt Myers is a doctoral student at the University of Oxford. A writer and contributor to several publications and journals, he is the author of the recent book 'Student Revolt: Voices of the Austerity Generation'.
This June brought the first English translation of Vasily Grossman’s Stalingrad. Movingly illustrating the tragedies of wartime Soviet society, Grossman’s epic novel is a nonetheless powerful rebuke to those who equate Nazism and those who fought against it.
Eric Hobsbawm wasn’t just a historian of the twentieth-century communist movement: he was part of it.
French students face a critical juncture in their fight against Emmanuel Macron. But the movement’s real strength may lie outside the campus.
In 1922 communist militant Shapurji Saklatvala was elected on a Labour Party ticket, becoming the first MP of color in the party’s history.
Corbyn challenger Owen Smith claims the heritage of one of Britain’s great radicals — but his record doesn’t measure up.