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80 Years Ago

Unlike the rest of Britain’s media, the Daily Worker of 6 February 1939 fairly reported the statement of the government of the Soviet Union in its official journal, Izvestia, on its breaking of diplomatic relations […]

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Miscellany

Site Guide

What’s on this site? Original works of Graham Stevenson – books, pamphlets, articles and speeches. (1) The single largest information resource is `A Compendium of Communist Biographies’, an `encyclopaedia’ of mainly deceased (but not all) Communist Party […]

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Defence or Defiance

Introduction

“Defence or Defiance- a people’s history of Derbyshire” is at once a complete book of all things to do with the working class and progressive movement, in the whole of Derbyshire from the earliest times […]

People’s history of Derbyshire Part I

Chapter One

THE EARLY DAYS 1. Introduction 2. 17th Century Democrats 3. The crowd in action 4. Lead Mining in Derbyshire 5. From Guild to Union 6. The Woolcombers 7. Framework Knitting 8. Cotton Mills 9. The […]

People’s history of Derbyshire Part I

Chapter Two

CHAPTER TWO “REBELLION IN DERBYSHIRE” 1. Luddism in Derbyshire 2. The Knitters’ Union after Luddism 3. The Pentrich Provocation of 1817 4. Notes and references Luddism in Derbyshire: The trend to the Luddism of the […]

People’s history of Derbyshire Part I

Chapter Three

CHAPTER THREE UNIONS DURING & AFTER THE COMBINATION LAWS 1. The Law, Society and the Unions 2. The Textile Industry i) Child Labour ii) Adult Labour and the Strike Movement of 1824 3. Early Trades […]

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Movement Matters

Miscellany

Movement matters is a wide ranging collection of articles, epubs, speeches and snippets: `Anatomy of decline – the Young Communist League (1966-1980)’ – a 53,000 word study first written by Graham Stevenson in 1985. `In […]

Encyclopedia of Communist Biographies

A guide

There are many individual Communist Biographies in this section of this site, adding up to hundreds and hundreds of thousands of words! Work on newly researched biographies is on-going and suggestions, new information, additions, corrections, […]

People’s history of Derbyshire Part I

Chapter Four

THE ‘SPRING TIDE’ OF TRADES UNIONISM Countdown to the Reform Act of 1832, the GNCTU and the Derby Turnout of 1833-4 1 “Blackguard villains of that now radical town” The Whigs dominated Derby politics throughout […]