Ian Bullock on Socialism and Democracy in Britain

'The Drums of Armageddon', online talk

This talk was part of the Working Class Movement Library's live-streamed Invisible Histories series.

AVAILABLE BOOKS

Democratic Ideas and the British Labour Movement, 1880-1914

Cambridge University Press, 1996

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

 

Sylvia Pankhurst- From Artist to Anti-Fascist

Macmillan, 1992.

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’

Current Work in Progress

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. 

work in progress Ian Bullock

Hyndman and the 'Old Guard of the SDF' Social-Democracy with a Hyphen

.....or a similar title - will, I hope, be published in 2021. It will begin with the foundation of the Social-Democratic Federation in 1884 and trace the development of the distinctive version - or versions - of socialism into the First World War and the 1920s.

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Entry on Walter Kendall in Dictionary of Labour Biography Volume XIII (2010) - with Tony Carew. 

Walter’s 1969  The Revolutionary Movement in Britain is the main inspiration for my current ‘’Social-Democracy with a Hyphen’.

Review essays

Gidon Cohen, The Failure of a Dream. The Independent Labour Party from Disaffiliation to World War II

The Independent Labour Party from Disaffiliation to World War II, Taurus, 2007

Labour/Le Travail, 2009

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

Articles

'THE ORiGINAL BRITiSH ultra-left', 1917-1924

SOCIALIST HISTORY 44

ANTI-COMMUNISM ON THE LEFT

'The British Left and the outbreak of war in 1914'

SOCIALIST HISTORY 57

BRITISH LABOUR AND INTERNATIONALISM

short CHartist articles

Chartist is a well-established journal of democratic socialism published six times a year.

Early in 2014 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

THE ILP AND THE LIVING WAGE

This  appeared in Chartist 257, July/August 1912 and 

CHARTISM OLD AND NEW

This  appeared in Chartist 258, September/October 2012.

Socialist Struggles with the 'Great' War

This appeared in Chartist 266 in January/February 2014

This appeared in Chartist 268 in May/June 2014

The pro-war socialist patriots

This appeared in Chartist 271 in November/December 2014

DEMOCRATIC FAULTLINES IN SOVIETS

This appeared in Chartist 288 in September/October 2017

Working Class Democracy

This appeared in Chartist 292 in May/June 2018

Is the Left opposed to Politics?

This appeared in Chartist 296 in January/February 2019

CHARTIST HERITAGE

This appeared in Chartist 298 in May/June 2019

1945 Promise of a new day

This appeared in Chartist 305 in July/August 2020

Seminar and Conference papers

London Socialist Historian's Conference "The Vote - What Went Wrong?

27 February 2010

UNIVERSITY of Sussex "History Research-in-Progress" seminars

The Myth of Soviet Democracy and the British Left

Paper given to the History Work in Progress Seminar at the University of Sussex
14 February 2002

LABOUR LEADER and the Bolsheviks

Paper given to the History Work in Progress Seminar at the University of Sussex
10 March 2005

Romancing the Revolution. The Myth of Soviet Democracy and the British Left

Paper given to the History Work in Progress Seminar at the University of Sussex 8 December 2011

Was it really "Left in the Centre?" The significance of the interwar Independent Labour Party

Paper given to University of Sussex "Research in Progress" Seminar, 27 November 2014

Manchester University 'Writing in Opposition' conference

Conference flyer

May 2007

'Real Democracy' and the British Left in the early C20

Brighton Branch of the Historical Association

SYLVIA PANKHURST REVISITED

Brighton Branch of the Historical Association, 3 February 2004

Chartist AGM 2018

The Independent Labour Party - lessons for today?

WHAT I THINK I HAVE LEARNT FROM MY RESEARCH SINCE 1975

2019