Forthcoming titles


WE THE INDIANS – The indigenous peoples of Peru and the struggle for land

The story of indigenous peoples in Peru, and struggles for land reform and change from the 1950’s and 1960’s.

By Hugo Blanco
With an introduction by Eduardo Galeano

Foreword by Norma Giarracca
Translated by Leslie Ray

To be published 2017 by Merlin Press and Resistance Books

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Hugo Blanco was a key protagonist in the events he describes. His vivid and direct language takes the reader on an inspirational journey to the heart of Peru – looking for a respectful relationship with Pachamama (Mother Earth), and with its indigenous communities.

Hugo Blanco is a historic leader of the Peruvian campesino struggle, and a key figure in the huge insurrections of the rural poor. He became a Trotskyist in the mid 1950s. In 1963 a military court condemned him to death, a sentence commuted to 25 years’ imprisonment after a massive international defence campaign. Well known throughout Latin America, he has participated in many discussions on the role of the indigenous peoples.

 


UNDERSTANDING THE NAZI GENOCIDE – Marxism after Auschwitz

by Enzo Traverso
New and enlarged edition

To be published in 2018 by Resistance Books and the IIRE

Enzo Traverso is an Italian historian who has written on issues relating to the Holocaust and totalitarianism. He worked at the IIRE from 1989 to 1991. His recent books include: Left-Wing Melancholia: Marxism, History, and Memory, Columbia University Press, 2017, The End of Jewish Modernity, Pluto Press, 2016; Fire and Blood: The European Civil War, 1914–1945, Verso, 2016; The Origins of Nazi Violence, New Press, 2003.

Auschwitz was a premently modern genocide. If racial hatred was its first cause, its execution required a ‘rationality’ typical of modern capitalism. In this book on the slaughter of the European Jews in 1941-45, Enzo Traverso sustains a dialogue with writings on the Shoah from Hannah Arendt to Daniel Goldhagen. To facilitate this dialogue he draws on the critical and heretical Marxism of Walter Benjamin and the Frankfurt School, which grasped late capitalism’s pent-up capacity for destructive upheavals exacerbated by bureaucratic organization and advanced technology. Traverso argues that after Auschwitz, Hiroshima and the gulag, the choice we face is no longer between the progress of civilization and a fall into ancient savagery, but between socialism conceived as a new civilization and the destruction of humankind. For Traverso the Warsaw Ghetto uprising is an image of what should impel us to rebel: not a sense of inevitable victory, but an ethical imperative.

 


THE COMMONS AND THE TRANSITION TO SOCIALISM

By Catherine Samary et al.

To be published in 2018 by Resistance Books and the IIRE

Catherine Samary is a co-Founder of the Institute Espace Marx. She is a member of the scientific council of ATTAC-France and of the Editoral board of its Review “Les Possibles”.  She has been a member of the Fourth International (FI) since 1963.

The term “Commons” is used to recognise the unifying potential of many on-going anti-capitalist struggles. The early “commons” such as lands and pastures were expropriated by the “enclosures” in the early days of capitalism. This process of enclosure, or privatisation, is an on-going process under capitalism. In this book, Catherine Samary and others analyse and discuss the struggles today in defence of the Commons and against privatisation, and for self-management and workers control.  The book also analyses the capitalist restauration in the former Yugoslavia and the social and economic options facing Cuba today as it comes under pressure from capitalism.

 


FUNDAMENTALISM IN SOUTH ASIA

By Farooq Tariq, Achin Vanaik, Farooq Suhleria, Pierre Rousset, Susan Pashkoff and Balasingham Skanthakumar.

To be published in 2018 by Resistance Books and the IIRE

The authors analyse nationalist and religious fundamentalisms in Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. In each of these countries. The rise of nationalist and religious fundamentalism is not confined to the Middle East, and that there is more to it than the Islamic fundamentalism found in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The authors analyse and discuss their origins, rise,  ideology,  and discuss strategies of resistance.

 


REDISCOVERING THE PAST

Early British Radical Texts by Thomas Spence, Thomas Hardy, Elizabeth Heyrick, Thomas Hodgskin, William Cobbett, WilliamBenbow, Standish Motte, Sussana Inge,

Edited and with an introduction by Patrick Scott
To be published 2017 by Merlin Press and Resistance Books

Many individuals, organisations, and events played a formative role in the development of a radical tradition in 19th century Britain, but their memory was largely extinguished in the latter half of the century following the decline of Chartism and the emergence of Labourism. For example, the early English feminist Mary Wollstonecraft was largely forgotten about until a century or so after her death.

This book republishes primary material that would have been originally published in the form of pamphlets, manifestos, or magazine/newspaper articles. The documents are presented with an introduction, which includes biographical information about the author, and the social and historical context in which they were written. The book provides an alternative view of British social history.

Patrick Scott taught a short course for the WEA on the history of social movements in Britain from the early 19th century onwards. Amongst other things, it covered the Chartists, the trade unions and labour movement, the women’s suffrage movement and the anti-slavery movement.