The World Turned Upside Down: Britain's Forgotten Revolutionary History [PDF]
- New pamphlet 42 pages.
- Socialist Appeal 2020.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A DOWNLOADABLE PDF, NOT A PHYSCIAL PAMPHLET
“The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.” So wrote Marx and Engels in The Communist Manifesto. But instead of explaining the struggle between the classes - between the exploiters and the exploited - traditional history books simply present us with the lives (and deaths) of kings and queens; of generals and bishops; of ‘Great Men’ and individual ‘geniuses”.
Yet there is another history to be told: a history of the working class, the labour movement, and the revolutionary struggles that have transformed society. Providing such a history - of our radical past - is the purpose of our new pamphlet: The World Turned Upside Down - Britain’s Forgotten Revolutionary History.
As the articles in this pamphlet show, Britain’s revolutionary history extends far beyond just Cromwell and the Chartists. From the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381, to the Poplar Rebellion of 1921; from the 1926 General Strike, to the 1984-85 Great Miners’ Strike: Britain’s past is overflowing with mass movements and radical events, where the exploited and oppressed have risen up against the elites and the establishment.
We need to educate ourselves in Britain’s forgotten past - in order to fight for a socialist future. This pamphlet is therefore vital reading for all workers and activists looking to change the world today.