Scottish Labour History Society Newsletter

November 2020

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Welcome to the November 2020 edition of the SLHS newsletter.

Symposium on the Future of Labour History 
As noted in last month’s newsletter, the 2020 edition of Scottish Labour History will include a symposium on the future of Labour History, with the following articles:
Labour History in Australia by Diane Kirkby; Reflecting on Labour History’s Future by Matt Perry; All Higher Education is Labor Education by Nick Juravich; Labour and Class History in Ireland: A vision for the future by Mary McAuliffe; and Labouring Men, Protesting People: the past, present and future of labour history in Wales by Neil Evans. The journal will be out later this month.

Remembering Neil Davidson
An obituary of Neil Davidson by Steve Edwards appears in the autumn edition of Radical Philosophy and can be read at – or downloaded from – the Radical Philosophy website at

Online Talks at the Working Class Movement Library
November events at WMCL include the following:
4 November, 2pm: Historian Cyril Pearce talking about his new book, Communities of Resistance: Conscience and dissent in Britain during the First World War
11 November, 2pm: Matthew Kidd talking about his new book, The Renewal of Radicalism: Politics, identity and ideology in England 1867-1924, based on five local case studies from Bristol, Leicester, Lincoln, Norwich and Northampton
25 November, 2.30pm: Carole O’Reilly of the University of Salford discussing her book, The Greening of the City: Urban parks and public leisure 1840-1939
26 November, 7pm: Engels Memorial Lecture (jointly with the Marx Memorial Library): Mary Davis speaking on Women’s Oppression, the Origins of the Family & the Condition of the Working Class
For full details go to

Labour History Resources: New Socialist
The New Socialist magazine which ran throughout the 1980s from 1981, and has now been reborn as an online publication, has a potted history of its 1980s issues at

Socialist History Society: ‘Zoom’ Public Meeting
Based on his recent book, The Mayflower in Britain: How an Icon was made in London, historian Graham Taylor will speak about the historical context of the C17 Mayflower expedition, a ‘London-Leiden adventure’, on Saturday 7 November at 2pm. Those wishing to hear the talk should register  via…

50% off Historical Materialism Books
The Historical Materialism Book Series published by Haymarket Books, offers original monographs, translated texts, and classic reprints across various academic disciplines. The series aims to encourage the internationalization of Marxist debate and includes translations from beyond the English-speaking world. The full range of titles has a 50% discount until mid-November – see…

New & Recent Books
* Daniel Bensaid, Recorded Fragments: Twelve reflections on the 20th century comprises a interviews with the late French Marxist philosopher and former 1968 student leader, covering subjects from the storming of the Winter Palace and the assassination of Rosa Luxemburg, through the Spanish Civil War, anti-colonial struggles in Algeria and the Congo, to the overthrow of Allende and the fall of the Berlin Wall. More details at
* Elinor Taylor, The Popular Front Novel in Britain 1934-1940 includes discussions of work by James Barke, Lewis Jones, Jack Lindsay and John Sommerfield amongst others. More details at
* Seán Damer, Scheming: A Social History of Glasgow Council Housing 1919-1956, uses archival research and oral history to show how council housing in Glasgow contributed to social segregation and ghettoisation. Full details at…

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