Resistance Books is the publishing arm of Socialist Resistance. Resistance Books publishes books independently, and also jointly with Merlin Press, and the International Institute for Research and Education in Amsterdam.

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Authors: Paul Le Blanc, Ernest Mandel, David Mandel, François Vercammen, and contemporary texts by Rosa Luxemburg, Lenin, Leon Trotsky.
Edited: Fred Leplat and Alex de Jong

Published by by Merlin Press, the IIRE and Resistance Books.

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Out now for just £13.95 plus p&p.
Pbk, 256pp, ISBN 978 0 85036 727 0


  • Making sense of October 1917, Paul Le Blanc
  • The stages of the 1917 Revolution, François Vercammen
  • October 1917: coup d’état or social revolution, Ernest Mandel
  • Economic power and factory committees in the Russian Revolution, David Mandel
  • The legitimacy of the October Revolution, David Mandel
  • The Old Mole, Rosa Luxemburg
  • To the population, Lenin
  • Letter to American Workers, Lenin
  • In defence of October, Leon Trotsky

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What they say about the book:

“October 1917: Workers in Power” provides a stimulating starting-point for centennial reassessment of the Russian revolution. Paul Le Blanc provides a sparkling and authoritative survey of major historical studies; David Mandel expertly analyses workers’ control in the Russian upheaval. Classic assessments of the October upheaval by Lenin, Luxemburg, Trotsky and more recently, Ernest Mandel round out this important addition to socialist literature on 1917.
John Riddell, editor of eight-volume documentary series on the world revolutionary movement in Lenin’s time and ecosocialist activist.

For an objective study of 1917, not uncritical, but firmly rooted in the revolutionary tradition, this book can be unhesitatingly recommended.
Soma Marik, author of Revolutionary Democracy: Emancipation in Classical Marxism, Haymarket and IIRE (forthcoming, 2017).

This collection, containing both texts by participants and retrospective historical analyses, defends the achievements of the Revolution while honestly recognizing its limitations, and will stimulate informed discussion.
Ian Birchall, socialist historian.

This is an important collection celebrating the legacy of the Russian Revolution in its centenary year.  Paul Le Blanc’s Introduction provides rich historical context for past events.  But the book is really about the future.  It is an effort to nourish the lessons of past such that they may irrigate new struggles of the future.
Tithi Bhattacharya, Professor of History, Purdue University; editorial board member, International Socialist Review.

A fascinating and unexpected collection of materials that shine a needed light on the workers revolution of 1917. All in all, a spirited defence of the October revolution at a time when many people would like to forget all about it.
Lars Lih, author of Lenin Rediscovered: What is to be Done? in Context, Haymarket 2008.




For a critical ‘in’ vote against xenophobia

EU front coverPublished by the Resistance Books
Price: £2.50/€3

The in-out referendum on membership of the European Union will dominate politics in the run-up to the vote on 23 June 2016. The left, as well as the right is divided on whether to call for a vote to leave or to stay. Right wing, xenophobic and reactionary arguments on migration and security will be peddled. There will also be a tendency from some in response to this to exaggerate the benefits of the European Union.

This short book puts forward an alternative. It argues for a critical ‘in’ vote in this referendum to fight xenophobia. At the same time, it is critical of the European Union as an undemocratic and neoliberal institution that is rolling out austerity.

The first chapter explains the position of Socialist Resistance on why it is calling for a vote to stay in the EU in this referendum.

Chapter 2 gives the background to the crisis in Greece and the role of the EU. This is followed in chapter 3 by an analysis by Alan Thornett of the collapse of the Tsipras leadership of Syriza in front of the EU.

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By Eric Toussaint.

Bankocracy cover-page-0Published October 2015
Published by the Resistance Books, IIRE and CADTM
Price £15/€20/$20

This great book with its ugly title tells an ugly tale beautifully. Vast, deep, sweeping and indispensable. – James K. Galbraith, author of “Welcome to the Poisoned Chalice: The Destruction of Greece and the Future of Europe.”

The central theme of this highly informative, lucid, and very careful study is the current financial crisis, which elites present “as the motive justifying the biggest offensive since the Second World War against the economic and social rights of the people of Europe,” and of the US as well.  It also elaborates the background in the neoliberal policies of the past generation, and the deeper history of banking institutions and their roles in modern state capitalist societies.  A no less important contribution is to spell out the basis for democratisation of financial institutions under citizen control.  Valuable and impressive. – Noam Chomsky. 

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Authors include Michael Lowy, Phil Hearse, Adam Fabry and Manuel Kellner.

farright cover-page-0Published November 2015
Published by the Resistance Books and IIRE
Price £12/€18/$18

Edited by Fred Leplat

This book is survey of the far right in seven countries of Europe with different political histories: Britain, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands and Sweden. The survey, by activists and researchers from those countries, reveals a disturbing picture of far-right parties, some with a mass base, which have been able to drag the mainstream political parties to the right. This book is intended to be a contribution to understanding the nature of these far-right parties and of the threat we face.


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