Forthcoming titles

 

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

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

 

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

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 e.g. http://wn.com/pt_Hugo_Blanco and http://www.luchaindigena.com/

Content:

  1. Comment by Eduardo Galeano
  2. Introduction by Iain Bruce
  3. The struggle for land
  4. More on the struggle for the land
  5. I saw blood in Pucallpa and Bagua
  6. Reflections of a son 0f Pachamama (Mother Nature)
  7. Racial discrimination
  8. Koka Mama (Mother Coke)
  9. My last Andean struggles
  10. Walker there is no path
  11. Paths are made by walking
  12. Correspondence with Jose Maria Arguedas
  13. Indigenous culture and neoliberalism
  14. Jose Maria Arguedas and Mario Vargas Llosa
  15. Conclusion
  16. Another World is Possible

crane6REDISCOVERING THE PAST
Early British Radical Texts.

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.

 Contents:

  • Thomas Spence, The Real Rights of Man, 1775.
  • Thomas Hardy, Memoirs (extracts), 1793.
  • Elizabeth Heyrick, Immediate, not gradual abolition,
  • Thomas Hodgskin, Labour defended against the claims of Capital,
  • William Cobbett, Cobbett’s Political Register, 1830.
  • William Benbow, Grand National Holiday, and Congress of the Productive Classes,
  • Standish Motte, Outline of a system of legislation for securing protection to the aboriginal inhabitants of all countries colonized by Great Britain,
  • Sussana Inge, To the Women of England,
  • Helen Macfarlane, A bird’s eye view of the glorious British Constitution,
  • Barbara Leigh Bodichon, A brief summary in plain language of the most important laws concerning Women together with a few observations thereon, 1854.

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.