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WATCH YOUR FINGERS!WATCH YOUR FINGERS!
by Alfred Gardner

A memoir of life in East London and of 43 years spent in garment factories across the East End.

Published October 2011
FIREFIGHTERS & THE BLITZFIREFIGHTERS & THE BLITZ
by Francis Beckett

Published September 7, 2010


THE POST-WAR COMPROMISETHE POST-WAR COMPROMISE
British Trade Unions and Industrial Politics 1945-64
Editors: Alan Campbell, Nina Fishman and John McIlroy

Published December 2007
THE HIGH TIDE OF BRITISH TRADE UNIONISMTHE HIGH TIDE OF BRITISH TRADE UNIONISM
Trade Unions and Industrial Politics 1964-79
Editors: John McIlroy, Nina Fishman and Alan Campbell

Published December 2007
WHAT'S WRONG WITH LABOUR? WHAT'S WRONG WITH LABOUR?

by Paul Allender

This is a critique of the Labour Party from the independent left that draws upon academic analysis and extensive practical experience of the labour movement. It provides a characterization that accounts for the party's ineffectiveness during the Twentieth Century.

'...an insightful study of what is still called "the Labour Party"...' Red Pepper.
'...a clearly written, accessible and thought provoking analysis of the British Labour Party that deserves to be widely read.' Labour History Review.
'...an excellent, readable book ... a trenchant analysis and a good read.' European Business Review.
'...the most fascinating section is that which deals with the labour movement in Sheffield from 1973-1998.' Labour Research.
'An incisive and timely discussion. Anyone concerned about our present predicament will benefit from reading it.' David McLellan, Professor of Political Theory, Goldsmiths College, University of London.

ISBN. 0850364973
210 X 136 mm.
2001 Paperback

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Price:12.95



ENEMY WITHIN ENEMY WITHIN
The Rise and Fall of the British Communist Party

by Francis Beckett

This survey considers the political problems faced by the CPGB. It attributes its successes to policies which allowed the CP to work critically with the Labour Left and its failures to the impact of Moscow: the 'Third Period' and the abrupt Soviet-Nazi pact. "...the best political book I have found for a long time. Daily Telegraph. Second edition, with additional chapter, 12 pages of photos.
214x134mm 264pp
0850364779
1998 paperback


Price:10.95



AGAINST THE STREAM AGAINST THE STREAM
A History of the Trotskyist Movement in Britain, 1924-38
Sam Bornstein & Al Richardson

Against the Stream documents the way that the rift between Stalin and Trotsky resounded in Britain. In 1930 some British left-wing activists formed a Trotskyist network that was antagonistic to the Stalinist USSR and sought to influence the mainstream British labour movement. The book has grown out of interviews with many of these the protagonists and research among the published documents and private correspondence of the period.

It charts the history of Trotskyism in Britain from the first echoes of the Stalin-Trotsky faction fight, through to the emergence of the Fourth International in 1938. The authors aim to clarify some of forgotten historical and theoretical background to the tactics adopted by the Trotskyist faction and explain the movement's evolution into different millieux.

It presents its picture 'warts and all' irrespective of orthodoxies, whether left or right.

Contents: Foreword by Reg Groves; Preface; the Stalin-Trotsky conflict in the British CP, 1924-29; Setting the scene: the Marxian League, 1929-1932; First Steps: the Balham Group, 1930-32; The Communist League, British Section of the ILO, 1932-34; The ILP and the Split, 1933-34; Inside the ILP, 1934-36; 'Midnight in the Century': the Moscow Trials; 'And then there was three'; The Labour Party, For and Against. Appendices: 1. Interviewees; 2. Michael Tippett. Index.

First published in 1986 by Socialist Platform Ltd
This edition by Merlin Press, 2007

ISBN. 978 0 85036 6006


Price:18.95



TWO STEPS BACK TWO STEPS BACK
Communists and the Wider Labour Movement, 1935-1945
Sam Bornstein and Al Richardson

ISBN. 9780850365993

First published by Socialism Platform
Reprinted by The Merlin Press
2007 paperback

Price:12.95



BEHIND THE LINES BEHIND THE LINES
East London Labour 1914-19

Julia Bush

How Labour won influence in London's East End in the midst of WW1, illus with political cartoons. "It is a very fine piece of work, thoroughly researched and written in a clear and compelling style...it displays an unusual mix of deep sympathy and critical judgement... Bush has produced an excellent study on an important topic." Journal of Canadian Labour Studies.
214x134mm 254pp
0850363063
1974 Paperback


Price:12.95



PIT WOMEN PIT WOMEN
Coal Communities in Northern England in the Early Twentieth Century

by Griselda Carr

This book focuses on family life and on the coal communities of Yorkshire and the North-East. It provides interesting perspectives on relations between women and men, on how girls grew up and on the culture of these communities.
'I eagerly devoured Pit Women, intrigued by its promise of insights into my childhood growing up in the Yorkshire coalfields of Northern England. I was not disappointed. <Actinic:Variable Name = 'It'/> paints a fascinating portrait of the everyday lives of women.' J. Lee, Journal of Marriage and Family.
'An inspiring book. It provokes anger at the treatment meted out to generations of mining families'. North East History. 180 pp.
ISBN. 0850364957
2001 Paperback

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Price:12.95



PAVING THE THIRD WAY PAVING THE THIRD WAY
The Critique of Parliamentary Socialism
A Socialist Register Anthology

Edited by David Coates

The parliamentary road to socialism has held the attention and loyalty of much of the Left in the UK for more than a century. But has the strategy worked, and could it yet work? Writings on Parliamentary Socialism inspired by Ralph Miliband provide an important answer to these questions, and in the process throw new light on the history of the British Labour Party.
In this book David Coates brings together key original texts, adding critical commentary, annotation and some of his own writings, to contributions by Ralph Miliband, John Saville, Leo Panitch, Colin Leys, and Hilary Wainwright.
Given the centrality of the Third Way to social democratic politics globally, this collection will be of interest to students and practitioners of left-wing politics in all advanced capitalist economies.

'[These] articles deal insightfully with the shifting and frustrating relationships between activists for socialism and the leadership groups inside the Labour party.' Norman Markowitz, Political Affairs.
'The publication ... of a compilation of his [Miliband's] writings, and those of his close associates, drawn from the pages of Socialist Register ... can only serve to focus attention of a wider audience upon his rich intellectual legacy.' John Callow, Socialist History.

234x156mm 270 pages
ISBN. 0850365120
2003 Paperback

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Price:16.95



ENGINEERS AT WAR 1939-1945 ENGINEERS AT WAR 1939-1945

by Richard Croucher

Draws on rank and file papers to document strife and strikes amongst skilled workers at war with bosses and with Hitler. "A close-up view of wartime struggles over wages, conditions, the fight for unionisation, problems associated with the joint production communities and the part played by the Communist Party. An important contribution to Labour movement history." Labour Research 214x134mm 411pp illus
0850362717
1982 Paperback

Price:12.95



ENGINEERS AT WAR 1939-1945 ENGINEERS AT WAR 1939-1945

by Richard Croucher
0850362709
1982 Hardback
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Price:25.00



THE CHAMBERLAIN-HITLER COLLUSION THE CHAMBERLAIN-HITLER COLLUSION

by Alvin Finkel & Clement Leibovitz

Hitler's accession to power in a largely disarmed Germany, was welcomed by Britain's leaders with the support of powerful business interests and sections of the Press because Nazism was seen as a better alternative to Communism. Introduction by Christopher Hitchens.
"a splendid book...This volume establishes conclusively that British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain was no duped "appeaser,"... He had made a cold calculation that Hitler should be re-armed, and be allowed - if not, indeed, encouraged - to expand his Reich." Vanity Fair 212x 137mm xii+326pp
085036468X
1997 Paperback
Rights: USA - Monthly Review Press. Canada - Lorimer

Price:12.95



THE DEATH OF UNCLE JOE THE DEATH OF UNCLE JOE

by Alison Macleod

The British CP went into crisis as Stalin was criticized in the USSR: as time went on questions shifted from 'Is it true?' to 'Did you know?'. This book explores the impact of the death of Stalin and of his myth on the CP and its entourage, and considers the effects of purges on the lives, families and contacts of members of the British Communist Party.
"one of the most readable books about communism." New Statesman
214x134mm 260pp
0850364671
1997 Paperback

Price:12.95



PROTEST AND SURVIVAL PROTEST AND SURVIVAL
The Historical Experience
A Festschrift for E. P. Thompson
Edited by John Rule and Robert Malcolmson

An anthology of eleven essays in popular history: property law and the poor, early trade unions: Edward Carpenter, Sylvia Pankhurst feature.
214x134mm viii+423pp
0850364450
1993 Paperback
Rights: USA and Canada - The New Press

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Price:12.95



PROTEST AND SURVIVAL PROTEST AND SURVIVAL
The Historical Experience
A Festschrift for E. P. Thompson

Edited by John Rule and Robert Malcolmson
An anthology of eleven essays in popular history: property law and the poor, early trade unions: Edward Carpenter, Sylvia Pankhurst feature.
214x134mm viii+423pp

0850364353
Hardback
Contents here

Price:30.00



DEMOCRACY AND PARTICIPATION DEMOCRACY AND PARTICIPATION
Popular Protest and New Social Movements

Edited by Gary Taylor & Malcolm Todd

With a foreword by Frank Furedi

A collection of essays specially-commissioned to introduce students to issues, themes and debates in the study of protest, democracy and the role of new social movements in the 2000s.

This textbook introduces case studies of particular social movements concerned with women's rights, ethnicity and 'race', mental health, peace and anti-privatization. It explores issues of youth and political involvement, free speech, unemployment and the role of voluntary and community groups in challenging traditional perspectives on democracy. The contributors are from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds who are at the cutting edge of recent empirical and theoretical work in these areas.
Written in an accessible style, the book will be a valuable and stimulating resource for university and college students of sociology, social policy, politics and the social sciences in general; and by any reader concerned with the debates surrounding the nature of democracy, protest and the role of new social movements.

'The volume is a welcome contribution to the field and provides a number of comprehensive and thoroughly researched articles covering several aspects of popular protest and strategies. Its main strength lies in its wide range and encompassing approach, with articles ranging from anti-globalisation /capitalism movements to youth, women's 'race' and peace movements, with enough space left for the role of voluntary organisations. This makes it a suitable starting point for both academic and students with an interest in the issues but who might be new to the area.' Political Studies Review.
'It establishes the agenda to which students of collective action will have to work in order to better evaluate the complex links between participation and democracy'. Mobilization.
'highly engaging'. Community Development Journal.

234x156mm; xviii+345pp
ISBN. 0850365384
2003 Paperback

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Price:18.95



PERSONS AND POLEMICS PERSONS AND POLEMICS
Historical Essays

by E. P. Thompson

Shortly before his death in August 1993, Edward Thompson completed this selection of essays and review articles: comments on Christopher Caudwell, Herbert Gutman, Eleanor Marx, Tom Maguire, Mary Woolstonecroft, with polemical essays and re- interpretation of historiographical questions.
230x154mm viii+366pp
0850364396
1994 Paperback
Rights: USA & Canada - The New Press

Price:14.95



THE HEAVY DANCERS THE HEAVY DANCERS

by E. P. Thompson

An anthology of political and historical writings considering the division of Europe, and the origins and purposes served by the Cold War.
223x142mm 304pp
0850363292
1985 Paperback

Price:10.95



WRITING BY CANDLELIGHT WRITING BY CANDLELIGHT

by E. P. Thompson

See above for details.

0850362571 hardback

Price:12.95



ZERO OPTION ZERO OPTION
Arguments for Nuclear Disarmament
by E. P. Thompson

Campaigning against Nuclear Weaponry and for human rights.

223x142mm 316pp
ISBN. 0850362881
1982 Paperback

Price:12.95



A NEW KIND OF DOCTOR A NEW KIND OF DOCTOR
The General Practitioner's Part in the Health of the Community

by Julian Tudor Hart

A fundamental analysis of where the National Health Service came from, what has gone wrong with it, and what can be done to put it right, with emphasis on the reform of general practice and community care. It is written by a general practitioner whose working life spanned the years 1952 to 1987, most of it in the coal-mining valleys of South Wales and argues for the involvement of patients in making decisions of health services.

'Powerful and disturbing'. J. Horder, past president RCGP.
A major contribution to the future of the NHS." Sir George Godber, DHSS.

223x142mm 378pp
0850363004
1988 Paperback

Price:15.95



HISTORY IN THE MAKING HISTORY IN THE MAKING
Raymond Williams, Edward Thompson and Radical Intellectuals, 1936-1956

by Stephen Woodhams

For a generation of political activists growing up in the 1930's opposing Fascism was a priority. The policy of appeasing Hitler and the non-partisan stance of the Labour Party in the face of the Spanish Civil War made the Communist Party an attractive alternative.
From this generation emerged key figures in academia and publishing: Eric Hobsbawm, Ralph Miliband, John Saville, Martin Eve, Dorothy and Edward Thompson, and Raymond Williams. Woodhams studies the experiences of this generation, the motives which attracted them towards the CPGB, and their reactions to and experiences in the Second World War.
He examines what opportunities were open to them in the post-war years and their influence particularly in the field of adult education. He argues that Raymond Williams anticipated some of the thinking of the new left, especially in the field of cultural studies.
But in the shadow of the1956 events in Hungary another new left emerged drawing on post-war experiences and circumstances.
This collective biography throws a new light on the continuities and breaks in British political and intellectual history. It challenges conventional periodization separating pre- and post-war history and questions the sources of continuity and change in Britain.
'widens our understanding of the limitations, character and evolution of British radical thought'. Socialist History.
'offers a particular insight into the intellectual history of Britain.' Planet.

ISBN. 0850364949
Paperback


Price:14.95



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