struggle histories

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Class pervades every aspect of this website as it does every aspect of the contradictions we live. And class struggle is the essential ‘impossible’ escape from this mad mess of a life.

Most people who write about history do so not from a perspective that  aims to clarify the “lessons” of past struggles, their strengths and weaknesses, but merely as either a career, or as a pastime. On this site, I hope to use the past to help change the future. History is something to make, not merely read or write about. When one riots or strikes or revolts in some other way one does so in the present. The past only makes sense when one first of all begins with a disabused analysis of the present and then works backwards.

Please note: on the drop-down menu class struggles in China, France, Greece & South Africa and Mexico are now under the A-Z (countries) section.

Note 16/9/19:

due to changes on the site some of the links below do not now work. In time they will, but for the moment it’s best to look at the drop down menus, either in “struggle histories” or in the A-Z:


social revolt in iraq and lebanon

on the October 2019 revolt in Chile

Ecuador, October 2019



Tunisia, 2018 – 2013

Iraqi Kurdistan

france: the latest… (a chronology and reader constantly updated up until the present)

mexico fucks the elections (updated 16th June 2015)

leaflet on the German train drivers strike (may 2015)

ethiopian jews riot in israel (may 2015)

ferguson… (2014 – 2015)

brazil against the world cup (2014)

bosnians against bosses, yugoslavs against yugoslavery (2014)

portugal, Nov 2010 – March 2013: On the Passage of a Few Thousand People Through a Brief Period of Time (translated 2014)

occu…POW! – the jolt of Occupy St.Louis (2013)

south africa: another man done gone & post-marikana notes (2012/13)

the 1919 u.k. police strike (2012)

france: infant and primary schools occupied (2011)

france: class struggle in autumn 2010, september – november (2010)

st. pauls, bristol 1980 (2006/2011)

france: all quiet on the french front (2006)

france novembre 2005: 2 petits trucs sur les émeutes (2006)

france 2005: brief notes on the movement of secondary school students (2005)

south africa – now & then (2005/1979/1983/1985)

france: social movements (2003)

“you make plans – WE MAKE HISTORY” (2001)

algeria 2001: no forgiveness (2001)

uk fuel protests: looks as though we’ve got ourselves a convoy (2000)

france 1995-6: the strike and after (1996)

france 1996: la grève et après… (1996)

london hospital occupations, early 1990s: occupational therapy (1995)

kurdish uprising in Iraq (1991)

the university, the car factory and the working class (1991)

emergency! (1990)

france goes off the rails: 1986 – 1987 (1987)

mendeku: revenge in the basque country (1987)

rebel violence v. hierarchical violence (1986)

os cangaceiros: freedom is the crime that contains all crimes, and other stuff…(1985-6), plus a critical introduction (2013)

school stopper’s handbook (1984/5)

the spanish dockers’ “co-ordinadora” (1984)

the third day of september – sebokeng 30 years ago ( written 1984, plus introduction 2014)

daily riot (1981)

uk, 1978-9: now is the winter of our discontent (1980/2001)

soweto ’76 (1978/9)

the montgomery bus boycott -1955-6 (1978)

class struggle in Italy (1977)

news of disalienation (1973)


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One Response to struggle histories
  1. Siddiq says:

    Interesting article by Mohamed Keita on the history of popular struggle in Africa here:

    I must confess my ignorance about almost all the revolts he discusses. I’d appreciate any suggestions for materials that might help correct that, especially those written from a revolutionary (i.e. international class struggle) perspective (as rare as such texts are sure to be).


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