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.


OCTOBER 1917-2017

From a decolonial Communism to the democracy of the Commons: the ‘Soviet century’ – in the turmoil of the ‘permanent revolution’.

 By Catherine Samary, and with contributions from Franck Gaudichaud, Raquel Varela, Samuel Farber et al.

To be published in 2018 by Resistance Books and the IIRE

Catherine Samary is a co-founder of the Institute Espace Marx, a member of the scientific council of ATTAC-France. She has been a member of the Fourth International (FI) since 1963.

We are no longer in the context of the ‘Soviet century’and we are witnessing various forms of transcendence of the organisations of the ‘workers’ movement’ anchored in this era. Yet, while the political polarisations and crisis of civilisation (ecological, socio-economic, political) intrinsically associated with globalised capitalism unfold, the ‘classic’ strategic questions of the 20th century are reformulated in a complex fashion and, under radically new conditions, confront all organisations which remain convinced of the urgent need to ‘change this world’.



By Farooq Tariq, Achin Vanaik, Farooq Suhleria, Pierre Rousset, Mohiuddin Ahmad, and others.

To be published in 2018 by Resistance Books and the IIRE

The authors analyse nationalist and religious fundamentalisms in Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, 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 these movements  and discuss strategies of resistance.



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

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.