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Francis King introduces issue 57 of Socialist History

In the context of the British labour movement’s current disassociation from European socialism and socialist organisations, this paper seeks to provide a chronological narrative of the comparatively strong relationship of British radicals and socialists to European republicans between 1789 and 1914.

lara Zetkin (1857–1933) founded the Socialist Women’s International and was a regular Social Democratic Party (SPD) delegate to the congresses of the Second International.


Jo Littler, David Featherstone, Sally Davison

Spring 2020

Editors Jo Littler, David Featherstone and Sally Davison introduce issue 74 of Soundings.

Hilary Wainwright talks to Jo Littler.

New municipalism as space for solidarity.

'I am haunted by this history bit I also haunt it back': two poetry collections.

Understanding the multiple forces shaping the ‘Johnson bloc’ may enable a strategic focus on its potential lines of fracture and failure.


Michael Rustin, Jeremy Gilbert, Sally Davison

Spring 2020

Michael Rustin talks to Sally Davison and Jeremy Gilbert.


George Morris, Emily Robinson, Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite, James Stafford

Spring 2020

Labour’s strong performance at the 2017 general election demonstrated that policy ambition need not be a barrier to electoral success for parties of the left. Yet it also allowed all of us – including this journal – to sidestep hard and necessary reflection about the work needed to build a social democratic majority in twenty-first century Britain. After last year’s electoral rout, the future is uncertain. We must face it without illusions.

Labour needs to win big in 2024. It’s time for the party to re-learn the art of professional leadership and communication, and to accept the limits of its existing electoral coalition.

Under Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell, a space was created for left thinkers and activists to advance a detailed and intellectually coherent alternative to our plutocratic, extractive and environmentally devastating economic model. After Labour’s defeat, we need to hold our nerve and build a broader, more durable movement for radical change.

Keeping the Green New Deal alive in the face of opposition, and finding routes to develop it while out of power, will be a key task for the left in the coming years.

More than a decade after the global financial crisis, inflation in major capitalist economies remains very low. This tells us something important – and disturbing – about the weakness of social democracy in the twenty-first century.


David Bennett, Carolyn D'Cruz, Glenn D'Cruz, Julia Vassilieva

This article is published as a tribute to the late Hungarian philosopher Agnes Heller, who died earlier this year.

How is it possible to profit from protecting the environment, rather than through deepening its terminal crisis? In recent years, a growing group of investors, economists and governments have answered this question with a range of market-based instruments designed to facilitate the commodification and trade of everything from carbon to wetlands.

This paper charts emerging scholarship on what I conceptualise as ‘compensatory cultures’; cultures that are, in essence, compensatory responses to crisis, but are presented and received as desirable, even preferable ways of organising life.

The aim of this article is two-fold. Firstly, it identifies and maps out a new presence in race discourse in the UK arts and higher education, under the heading of ‘US Black Critical Thought’. Secondly, it seeks to situate ‘US Black Critical Thought’ and its growing impact upon intellectual and aesthetic discourses on race in the UK through the lens of the longer-term project of ‘Black British Cultural Studies’.


Shahidha Bari , Jacob McGuinn , Elliot Ross, Claire Finch

Reviews: The Insistent Poetics of Relation Shahidha Bari An Historically Conjunctural Phenomenon Jacob McGuinn New Narrative Maternity Claire Finch Booknote: An Indomitable Humanism Elliot Ross