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Africa | 23.09.16

The alt. Africa Reading List

Take a look at the alt. Africa reading list and equip yourself with classic works of African history, culture and African current affairs.

Asia | 09.09.16

Mao’s Life after Death

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Chairman Mao. In this extract from their book on resurgent Maoist currents in modern China, China and the New Maoists, Kerry Brown and Simone Van Nieuwenhuizen examine how Mao’s legacy, as both man and symbol, has shaped China in the years since his death

History | 06.09.16

Bourgeois Fisticuffs

In this fascinating extract from The Duel in European History, the acclaimed historian Victor Kiernan places the duel into its proper context, with feudalism collapsing, the birth of modern capitalism, and the rise of elitism within the bourgeois order

Philosophy | 09.08.16

Marx and Nation

In this extract from an expansive survey of Marx’s ideas in our own age, Ronaldo Munck examines the phenomena of nations and nationhood in a Marxist context

Culture and Media | 26.07.16

In those jeans…

Andrew Brooks recalls the birth of denim and looks at the working class-to-classless history of jeans, in this short extract from Clothing Poverty

Current Affairs | 26.07.16

Might is Right

Matt Kennard explores the limits of the American Empire in this extract from The Racket: A Rogue Reporter vs The American Elite

Current Affairs | 26.07.16

Obama’s First Coup

In this extract from The Racket: A Rogue Reporter vs The American Elite, Matt Kennard looks at US military involvement in Honduras as part of the ongoing War on Drugs

Americas | 14.07.16

The Birth of a Nation

Acclaimed Marxist historian Victor Kiernan gives a brief history of the birth of the United States in this extract from America: From White Settlement to World Hegemony

Politics and International Relations | 22.04.15

Occupy, Resist, Produce!

The Maflow plant in Trezzano sul Naviglio, located on the industrial periphery of Milan, was one of the most important manufacturers of air conditioning tubes worldwide. Far from suffering consequences of the crisis and with enough clients to keep producing, Maflow closed in 2009 following fraudulent bankruptcy. The workers of the plant in Milan began a struggle to reopen the plant and keep their jobs. Watch Occupy, Resist, Produce! the film from Dario Azzellini and Oliver Ressler here

Americas | 27.11.14

On the Ferguson Verdict

“Nobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense of the people who were oppressing them.”

Africa | 20.12.13

The Zed Christmas List

In the run up to the festive period, are you looking for a present for that radical in your life? Then check out our selection of great political reads – perfect for Christmas gifts!