The American Crucible: Slavery, Emancipation and Human Rights by Robin Blackburn
The American Crucible furnishes a vivid and authoritative history of the rise and fall of slavery in the Americas.
The Origin of Capitalism: A Longer View by Ellen Meiksins Wood
In this original and provocative book Ellen Meiksins Wood reminds us that capitalism is not a natural and inevitable consequence of human nature, nor is it simply an extension of age-old practices of trade and commerce. Rather, it is a late and localized product of very specific historical conditions, which required great transformations in social relations and in the human interaction with nature.
Fire and Blood: The European Civil War, 1914–1945 by Enzo Traverso
The Last Communard: Adrien Lejeune, the Unexpected Life of a Revolutionary by Gavin Bowd
The Last Communard offers a brilliant, striking portrait of revolutionary Europe through a remarkable personal story.
The Long Twentieth Century: Money, Power and the Origins of Our Times by Giovanni Arrighi
Traces the relationship between capital accumulation and state formation over a 700-year period.
The Verso Book of Dissent: Revolutionary Words from Three Millennia of Rebellion and Resistance, edited by Andrew Hsiao and Audrea Lim. Preface by Tariq Ali
Fully updated compendium of revolt and resistance.
The Dignity of Chartism by Dorothy Thompson. Edited by Stephen Roberts
Groundbreaking studies of Britain’s first major working-class movement.
The Darkest Days: The Truth Behind Britain’s Rush to War, 1914 by Douglas Newton
A radical re-examination of the events surrounding Britain’s entry into the Great War.
Outlaws of the Atlantic: Sailors, Pirates, and Motley Crews in the Age of Sail by Marcus Rediker
Gripping maritime history from below with pirates and escaped slaves.
The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom by Marcus Rediker
The Amistad Rebellion shows how rebels captured the popular imagination and helped to inspire and build a movement that was part of a grand global struggle for emancipation.
“Fascinating ... As the 21st century falters forward with faith wars and economic collapse, women need to be at the forefront of reimagining our world. This book is a timely reminder that we have been here before.” – Jeanette Winterson
The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South by Vijay Prashad
“It is startling how insulated the West has remained from the thinking, achievements, and struggles of the great majority of the world’s people. This lucid and well-informed study reveals how much there is to learn from this rich and vibrant record.”– Noam Chomsky
A People's History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millennium by Chris Harman
Chris Harman describes the shape and course of human history as a narrative of ordinary people forming and re-forming complex societies in pursuit of common human goals. Interacting with the forces of technological change as well as the impact of powerful individuals and revolutionary ideas, these societies have engendered events familiar to every schoolchild—from the empires of antiquity to the world wars of the twentieth century.
Liberalism: A Counter-History by Domenico Losurdo
“A brilliant exercise in unmasking liberal pretensions.” – Financial Times
In this definitive historical investigation, Italian author and philosopher Domenico Losurdo argues that from the outset liberalism, as a philosophical position and ideology, has been bound up with the most illiberal of policies: slavery, colonialism, genocide, racism and snobbery.
A People's History of the French Revolution by Eric Hazan
A bold new history of the French Revolution from the standpoint of the peasants, workers, women and sans culottes.
Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil by Timothy Mitchell
Does oil wealth lead to political poverty? It often looks that way, but Carbon Democracytells a more complex story. In this magisterial study, Timothy Mitchell rethinks the history of energy, bringing into his grasp as he does so environmental politics, the struggle for democracy, and the place of the Middle East in the modern world.
China’s Twentieth Century: Revolution, Retreat and the Road to Equality by Wang Hui. Edited by Saul Thomas
An examination of the shifts in politics and revolution in China over the last century.
The History of the Paris Commune of 1871 by Prosper-Olivier Lissagaray
The classic history of the Paris Commune.
The Prophet: The Life of Leon Trotsky by Isaac Deutscher
In Defence of the Terror: Liberty or Death in the French Revolution by Sophie Wahnich
Provocative reassessment of the Great Terror as a price worth paying.
Peasant-Citizen and Slave: The Foundations of Athenian Democracy and The Pristine Culture of Capitalism: A Historical Essay on Old Regimes and Modern States by Ellen Meiksins Wood
These two works by the hugely influential historian of political thought Ellen Meiksins Wood demonstrate the range and breadth of her learning. Ranging from the social and economic background to the Classical Athenian democracy and the social history of democratic thought in Ancient Greece, to the development of the modern state system and the decline of British industry in the twenty-first century. Essential reading.