How broad frontism requires top down bureaucratic controls
1910 and all that: the republic, the mass strike and the curse of reformism
Lenin and the Democratic Revolution: before 1917 and After
Capitalism as robbery: Time and revolution
Yeomen and the English Revolution of the Seventeenth Century: The Missing Bourgeoisie?
A damning phrase? “The communists do not form a separate party opposed to other working class parties”
Louis Bonaparte’s 1851 self-coup: the army, universal suffrage and referenda
The Social Architecture of Capitalism
The Russian Revolution: women as the barometer of social progress
Marx on capital as a “real god”
Workers and Revolutions: A Historical Paradox
100 years since the foundation of the CPGB and the lessons for today
The unwritten constitution: the birth of Soviet Russia in March 1917
How the united front policy took shape
Velimir Khlebnikov: prophet and poet of the Russian Revolution
Individual liberty and class power
Labour and the Russian soviets
Karl Kautsky on the role of the proletariat
Alfred Rosmer’s “Lenin’s Moscow” and the early Comintern
The origins of Democratic Centralism
The lessons of 1917
The lessons of the Third Comintern Congress
WWI: Marx and Engels predicted it, but would they have taken sides?
WWI: a symptom of capitalist decline
WWI: the successes, failure and significance of the Russian Revolution
Imperialism, anti-imperialism and Lenin
Class revolution versus people’s revolution: left debates since the 1790s
The real Lenin and the sectarian caricature
Zinoviev and Martov – head in Halle
At Communist University 2011, Ben Lewis launched his new book (a collaboration with Lars T. Lih). For the first time, it makes the important speeches of Zinoviev and Martov to the conference of the USPD in Halle in 1920 available in the English language.
Lenin Rediscovered: What is to be done? Myth and reality
In the first of three talks at Communist University 2010, historian Lars T Lih talks about Lenin’s famous pamphlet, What is to be done?
Lenin Rediscovered: ‘The April Theses’ Myth and Reality
In the second of three talks in his series on rediscovering Lenin, historian Lars T Lih looks at Lenin’s April Theses and some of the myths and misunderstandings surrounding it.
Lenin Rediscovered: The changing role of political freedom
Historian Lars T Lih addresses Communist University 2010 on the thorny question of Lenin, the Bolsheviks and political freedom. Taking a historical perspective, he traces the role of political freedom from Marx and Engels onwards.
Why Marx expected the proletariat to be socialist
Historian Marc Mulholland talks about Marx’s understanding of the proletariat at Communist University 2010
Grigory Zinoviev in Halle
Ben Lewis addresses Communist University 2010 on the significance of Grigory Zinoviev’s famous four-hour speech held at Halle congress of the German Independent Social Democrats (USPD) in October 1920.
”Obtain without fail and re-read”
Lars Lih continues his series on Lenin with a discussion of Lenin’s reaction to Kautsky’s betrayal of socialism in 1914 by supporting German Social Democracy voting for war credits
30 years since the launch of the Leninist faction and our new programme
Jack Conrad discusses 30 years since the founding of the Leninist faction of the ‘official’ Communist Party of Great Britain before its liquidation in 1991.
The faction took up the banner of the CPGB and now organises as the CPGB, publishing the Weekly Worker.
Lenin and the wagers of 1917
Lars Lih completes his series on Lenin at Communist University 2009 by looking at the gambles Lenin made in taking power in 1917.
The Dead Sea Scrolls
Lenin and Kautsky
Canadian academic Lars Lih sums up the debate following his talk on Lenin and Kautsky’s relationship at the Communist Party of Great Britain’s annual school, Communist University.
France 1968: Could the working class have taken power?
David Broder and Mike Macnair speak on France 1968.