Left historical resources online: Labour Monthly, Marxism Today, Anglo-Soviet Journal, The Communist (US)

After digging around for some articles from Marxism Today from the late 1950s, I re-discovered a wonderful resource that has fully readable online versions of British and American leftist publications from the mid-1900s. The four main ones that would be of interest to labour and leftist historians would be:

Labour Monthly – a long-running monthly journal edited by CPGB theoretician R. Palme Dutt. Officially it was not a CPGB publication, but unofficially, it carried the Party line set out by Dutt.

Marxism Today – established after the crisis of 1956 to enable ‘discussion’ between CPGB members, the journal was a pretty standard publication under the editorship of James Klugmann. When Martin Jacques took it over in 1977, it marked the beginning of the journal as a lightning rod for the ‘Eurocommunist’ wing of the Party.

Anglo-Soviet Journal – I don’t know much about this journal, but it seems to be a Soviet publication in English. It was advertised in the CPGB press throughout the 1940s and 1950s.

The Communist – This journal runs from the late 1920s (when the CPUSA was still officially the Workers Party of America) to the 1940s (before the Cold War begins).

So historians, start digging!


  1. I don’t know if you’re still interested, but the Anglo-Soviet Journal was the official publication of the Society for Cultural Relations with the USSR (SCR for short), which is still going today under the name Society for Cooperation in Russian and Soviet Studies (SCRSS). Although both the organisation and the publication claimed to be “non-political,” in practice the ASJ never questioned the Soviet government’s line, and a significant amount of its content consisted of translations of articles from the official Soviet press. I’m currently writing an article for the DSCH Journal (devoted to Dmitri Shostakovich) about how the ASJ responded to the Zhdanov Doctrine.

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