History of SPGB

February 2024 Forums General discussion History of SPGB

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    Dave
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    Whats the best history book to read concerning the SPGB? Not sure whether the Monument is worth a look at, there's a copy in the local library. All suggestions greatfully accepted.

    #98007
    Anonymous
    Inactive
    Dave wrote:
    Whats the best history book to read concerning the SPGB? Not sure whether the Monument is worth a look at, there's a copy in the local library. All suggestions greatfully accepted.

    The Socialist Party of Great Britain. Politics, Economics and Britain's Oldest Socialist Party by David A. Perrin. Bridge Books, Wrexham, 2000.http://www.worldsocialism.org/spgb/socialist-standard/2000s/2000/no-1150-june-2000/book-reviews(scroll down)

    #98008
    ALB
    Keymaster

    There's also a couple of articles here, written on the occasion of our centenary:http://bataillesocialiste.wordpress.com/2005-anglo-marxism-the-spgb-buick/

    #98009
    jondwhite
    Participant

    I quite like The Monument.

    #98010
    imposs1904
    Participant

    I like The Monument. I wish I still had my copy.A Party member from yesteryear – Steve Coleman – wrote his PhD on the early history of the SPGB back in the 80s. There was an epub of this doing the rounds a few months back but I don't have a download link immediately to hand.

    #98011
    jondwhite
    Participant

    the chapter that concerns the early spgb is reprinted at the bloghttp://socialismoryourmoneyback.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/impossibilism.htmlthere is also the century of political struggle by a few members who left acrimoniouslyhttp://www.socialiststudies.org.uk/pamphlet%20centenary.shtml

    #98012
    imposs1904
    Participant

    Damn, I actually forgot that a few years ago I transcribed Steve Coleman chapter on Impossibilism that originally appeared in Crump and Rubel's Non-Market Socialism in the 19th and 20th Century:http://socialiststandardmyspace.blogspot.com/2009/08/impossibilism-by-stephen-coleman.htmlIt's not exactly what you're asking after but it touches upon aspects of the history of the SPGB.

    #98013
    Dave
    Participant

    Thanks everyone will check all the links out. Seems like the SPGB has been wrote out of most working class history. Good to see you all going strong after the last hundred or so years.

    #98014
    imposs1904
    Participant

    To paraphrase Trotsky, we've been consigned to the footnote of history. 

    #98015
    alanjjohnstone
    Keymaster

    "we've been consigned to the footnote of history. " And we are lucky if we even get that!

    #98016
    ALB
    Keymaster

    There's a collection of footnotes on us here:http://www.worldsocialism.org/spgb/socialist-standard/2000s/2004/no-1198-june-2004/others-have-seen-usI don't think it includes Eric Hobsbawn describing us as "wholly unimportant conventicle" (in chapter 12 of his Labouring Men.

    #98017
    alanjjohnstone
    Keymaster

    Conventicle – another new word for me that i had to look up. Certainly not in every labouring men's vocabulary so who did Hobsbawn write for?  At last we try to aim our propaganda and share our knowledge with our fellow workers in language they understand. 

    #98018
    ALB
    Keymaster

    I think CPers like him had got fed up with calling us a sect, but "conventicle" never quite caught on.

    #98019
    imposs1904
    Participant
    ALB wrote:
    There's a collection of footnotes on us here:http://www.worldsocialism.org/spgb/socialist-standard/2000s/2004/no-1198-june-2004/others-have-seen-usI don't think it includes Eric Hobsbawn describing us as "wholly unimportant conventicle" (in chapter 12 of his Labouring Men.

     The silly sod got the date of the Party's formation wrong, which suggests that he just cribbed his lack of knowledge about the SPGB from another CP historian.

    #98020
    jondwhite
    Participant

    necroposting but monument is now available herehttps://libcom.org/library/monument-story-socialist-party-great-britain

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