This was mainly based on my 1982 University of Sussex D Phil thesis together with Logie Barrow's work on the Clarion movement on which the account of attempts at ultra-democratic 'Federation' in the trade union movement was based
I edited this book with Richard Pankhurst. There were seven contributions covering many episodes of Pankhurst's life. My own contribution was 'Sylvia Pankhurst and the Russian Revolution;the making of a 'Left-Wing' Communist’
Since the 1970s I have been working – whenever I have had the time (and energy) – on what to me seems a question which is both fascinating and important – the relationship between socialism and democracy in Britain. I say, in Britain, because that's what I've worked on – but, of course, my interest, and the implications of my work are not confined by national boundaries.
The Valley of Dry Bones. The Clarion during the First World War
I'm now working – intermittently – on a book on the Clarion during the First World War – and up to the post-war Peace Settlement - when it was very much out of tune with much of the Left. Even the 'pro-Ally' people I have written about in Social-Democracy with a Hyphen were rather more 'moderate' in their support of the war and the 'pro-Ally cause.
My review essay "The Rise and Fall of New Labour? A Social Democracy for 21st Century Britain" which discusses Stephen Meredith's Labours Old and New. The Parliamentary Right of the British Labour Party 1970-79 and Trade Unions in a Neoliberal World. British Trade Unions Under New Labour appeared in Labour/Le Travail, (Journal of Canadian Labour Studies, 64 Fall/Automne 2009
Chartist is a well-established journal of democratic socialism published six times a year.
Early in 2012 I was asked by Chartist to write a short article about the First World War a century previously. The original idea was that other people would supply further articles, but as far as I am aware no one did, and in the end I contributed three pieces. Anticipating that others would write on the Left wing opposition to the war, the No Conscription Fellowship, the Union of Democratic Control and other more obvious topics I decided to leave these to them and tackle less well-known aspects of the Left's experience of the war. Doing these articles is what gave me the idea for Drums of Armageddon