Pamphlets

Report of the 54th Congress

54th Congress CoverThis 54th Congress of the Communist Party of Britain took place on November 19-20 at Ruskin House in the London Borough of Croydon. More than 100 full and consultative delegates and visitors participated in extensive debates and discussions.

The main resolution 'Block the Ruling Class Offensive and Win a Left-led Government' set out the party's analysis of the current national and international situation and its campaigning priorities for the coming period.

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Dialectical and Historical Materialism

HDM A4 Final coverThis pamphlet is based on the fifth part of an introductory course on Marxism produced by the Communist Party in 1949 - edited and updated for today with the assistance of Robert Griffiths, David Grove and Graham Stevenson.

This publication is dedicated to the memory of Kevin Halpin (1927-2017), the outstanding workers' leader, chair of the militant Liaison Committee for the Defence of Trade Unions.

International Women's Day

KOLLONTAI CoverAlexandra Kollontai (March 31 1872 – 9 March 1952) was an active socialist and fighter for women’s rights in Russia from 1899. A member of the Russian Social Democatic and Labour Party who was at first independent of the factions, she joined the Bolsheviks in 1915. The only woman member of the Bolshevik central committee, she also served as Commissar of Welfare of the Soviet Republic and head of the Women’s Section of the Bolshevik Party.

After the Bolshevik revolution in October 1917 Kollontai became People’s Commissar for Social Welfare and founded the Zhenotdel or “Women’s Department” in 1919. In the first days of soviet power, this worked to improve the conditions of women’s lives in the Soviet Union, fighting illiteracy and educating women about the new marriage, education, and working laws put in place by the Revolution.
In 1923, she was appointed Soviet Ambassador to Norway, becoming the world’s second female ambassador in modern times. She later served as Ambassador to Mexico (1926–27) and Sweden (1930–1945) and was also a member of the Soviet delegation to the League of Nations.

Kollontai and Zetkin between them were between them largely responsible for establishing IWD and its international significance came out of the Russian Revolution.

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