From the archive of struggle, no.19. Non-anoraks, skip this post, and go to this one, on Obama’s taste in reading and an alternative to the Richard and Judy book club, or this one, on early jazz and recent fado, or this one, on how blogging has re-invigorated radical history.
First of all, ArchivesHub last month highlighted the Greater Manchester Collection of Steve Cohen, lawyer and anti deportation campaigner, 1975-1996. Go here for the website, which includes links to selected websites and some excellent suggested reading.. For background on Steve Cohen, check Engage/Bob.
Marxist Internet Archive:
- Added to the J. T. Murphy Archive: The Communist Party of Great Britain (1943) and The Last Great Split in World Communism (1948) [Poumista: Latter is particularly recommended. Murphy played a part in the 1926 expulsion of Trotsky from the Communist International, was expelled himself in 1932 for challenging its disasterous ultra-left Third Period politics, and reflects here on these two expulsions and on Tito’s. By the way, Murphy’s wikipedia page badly needs editing!]
- Added to the Rudolf Hilferding Archive: State Capitalism or Totalitarian State Economy 1940 [Poumista: This piece is also important, as a key intervention in the debate about the character of the Soviet Union. Hilferding wrote it as the Nazis boot was stamping on the face of France, not long before he was handed by the Vichy French to the Gestapo, who would murder him and take his wife Rose to Auschwitz, where she perished. His characterisation of the Stalinist system as totalitarian has considerable force.]
- Added to the Brian Pearce Archive: Rank-and-file Movements of the Thirties, 15 November 1958 (Constant Reader) [Poumista: Pearce is another important, neglected character. Like EP Thompson, he was part of the Communist Party Historians Group, but re-thought Stalinism in the wake of Russia’s counter-revolution crushing of the Hungarian revolution 1956, getting himself expelled in 1957. A close associate of Peter Fryer, he passed with him through the orbit of Gerry Healey. This piece, I think, dates from his time with Healey’s Club, and is an important contribution to the 1950s’ revisioning of Anglo-Stalinist and labour history.]
[Beneath the fold: Spanish anarchist histories, and more besides]
- The Friends of Durruti Group: 1937-1939 by Agustin Guillamón
- The struggle against the state and other essays by Nestor Makhno
Class Against Class:
Stuart Christie/Christie Books:
- The Scottish Review of Books: Vol.4, No.4: Stuart Christie on Scots in the Spanish Civil War [pdf]
- Extracts from A Historical Encyclopaedia of Spanish Anarchism (Miguel Iñiguez) pdf. Includes Eusebio CARBÓ CARBÓ, Ramón ACÍN, Salvador CORDÓN AVELLÁN, Felipe CORTIELLA, Miguel GARCÍA VIVANCOS, Wenceslao GIMÉNEZ ORIVE, and many more.
- Obituary of Luis Andrés Edo (1925- 2009) [pdf/html]
Kate Sharpley Library:
- Obituary for Edgar Rodrigues (1921-2009), Portuguese anti-fascist exiled to Brazil, historian of anarchism
- Obituary for Abel Paz
- Emilio Strafelini, A letter from Gurs camp. An Italian anti-fascist interned by Vichy.
- Maria Esther Gillo and Juan Carlos Mechoso Mendez. “Anarchists had more of a stomach for the fight”: Interview With Juan Carlos Mechoso . On anarchism in Uraguay