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Masked Ball
Russian expatriates active in the Socialist-Revolutionary Party (Partija Socialistov Revoljucionerov) organized a masked ball and...
Rosa Luxemburg as stickler
Eight letters from Rosa Luxemburg have recently emerged from an addition to the archive of Sozialistische Monatshefte, sent to...
Royals and the Grumbling People
Anti-Orangist feelings are traditional in Dutch society, as well as the royal house and the Orangists themselves.When William I...
Turkish Journalist Transfers Collection
On 24 January 2013 the Turkish journalist Doğan Özgüden officially transferred his papers at a festive meeting at the IISH.In the...
Sozialistische Monatshefte
During the Second World War the archive of Sozialistische Monatshefte, in the possession of the IISH since 1939, was seized by...
Frank van der Goes and Willem Witsen
The IISH received a small but interesting supplement to the papers of the Dutch Marxist and socialist Frank van der Goes in the...
Sal Santen
Sal Santen (1915-1998) was both a revolutionary and a novelist. As his literary body of work was mainly autobiographical, these...
Henriette Roland Holst
A film documentary called Droom & Daad (Dream&Deed) about the Dutch poet and socialist Henriette Roland Holst is first...
Henriette Roland Holst
Henriette Roland Holst (1869-1952) was one of the few Dutch socialists with an international reputation. She owed this reputation...
For Russia and Against the War
With the slogan "For Russia and against the war", on 27 August 1920 the Socialni Demokrat reports on a meeting of the Czech...
High-Days for Polish Socialists
Robotnik, the newspaper of the Polish Social-Democratic Party PPS, focuses on the Spanish Civil War in July and August 1936. The...
Scourge of the Camorra
The Italian crime fighter and socialist Enrico Ferri (1856-1929) was known as the 'Scourge of the Camorra'. Ferri was one of the...
Ben Gurion
On May 14, 1948, David Ben Gurion declares independence for Israel in Tel Aviv, and he becomes the country's first president....
Moved to the Panthéon
Socialist politician and philosopher Jean Jaurès (1859-1914) was accorded the status of 'grand homme de la patrie' (great man of...
Socialist Cigars
The Socialist International, founded in 1951 in Frankfurt am Main, was a loose federation of social-democratic parties. It saw...
Après-Congrès
Following the end of the International Socialist Meeting in Amsterdam on 22 August, the delegates take to the floor. The...
The Dutch OSP Is Established
On March 28, 1932 On March 28, 1932, the Dutch Onafhankelijke Socialistische Partij (Independent Socialist Party) was established...
The Dutch Labour Youth Learns to Dance
The Dutch AJC was founded in 1918 to educate labour youth both physically and mentally. In the first few years, however, it was...
Rosa Luxemburg Botanizing
Rosa Luxemburg, imprisoned in the Breslau penitentiary, is able to continue working on her herbarium. Her secretary Mathilde...
The Masses Not Allowed
The American revolutionary magazine The Masses, dubbed "frank, arrogant and impertinent" by its most famous contributor John Reed...
March of the Sledge Hammers
Following the National-Socialist SA, German social-democrats established a paramilitary organization: 'Reichsbanner Schwarz Rot...
Trotsky Killed, Resistance Group Born
The murder of Leon Trotsky in Mexico on 21 August 1940 had a tremendous impact. In Belgium, shocked and angry sympathizers...
Dissident Socialists
When the World War broke out in 1914, the socialist parties in Europe rallied round their governments. On 5 September 1915...
Troelstra's Mistake
'Seize the power that is bestowed on you and do what Thou canst. We are making a revolution because it can and must be done...
Comrade
Only a handful of Bulgarian comrades read Drugar (Comrade).The first Bulgarian socialist party was founded in 1891. Workers were...
Pacifist Socialist Party
During the Cold War, the social democratic parties in Western Europe sided with the U.S. In Holland a group of peace activists...
Erich Kuttner Born
On May 27, 1887, Erich Kuttner was born in Berlin-Schöneberg. As a Social-democrat he advocated the interests of those who had...
No Passports for Peace Conference
In 1917, the fourth year of the First World War, the International Socialist Bureau thought to hold a conference of Socialist...
Important Day for Lula
Luíz Inácio Lula da Silva, like many other boys from poor Brazilian families, started his career as a bootblack. On his 57th...
Russian Pows in Japan
Chokugen, 'the sole publication of the Japanese socialists' was stored in Russia before it came to the IISH. This issue dates...
Salvador Allende
On September 4, 1970 Salvador Allende won the presidential elections in Chile. The three years of Allende's rule, together with...
Unifying French Socialists
The Dreyfus affair had divided the French socialists on their attitude towards the (bourgeois) republican government. The 1899...
'A Miscarriage of Justice'
In the early night of 6 December 1895 three burglars break into a Frisian farmhouse to steal money. The farmhand wakes up and...
Happy Birthday to Engels
Karl Kautsky made a drawing and Eduard Bernstein wrote a verse on this happy birthday letter to their colleague Friedrich Engels...
Second Best in a Duel
Sturm und Drang marked the life of Ferdinand Lassalle. Born in 1825 in Eastern Prussia as Ferdinand Lasal, he changed his name to...
New calendar
On 15 August 1750 Sylvain Maréchal, one of the most radical socialist atheists, was born in Paris. He was the author of an...
Mayor's Workweek
The Mayor of Amsterdam pretended to be out when a demonstration halted at the door of his official residence on 11 August 1872....
Puerto Rican Barbers
The poor situation of the early socialist movement in Puerto Rico can be seen in its newspaper, a folded folio named El Porvenir...
The Bund Is Founded in a Stable
Thirteen representatives of local Jewish socialist groups secretly met in the stable of a tiny wooden house in the outskirts of...
Meeting Chilean Socialists
At the end of the nineteenth century the developing mine industry, public services and factories in Chile led to the formation of...
Women and Class Struggle
Clara Zetkin started her official career in the German Social-Democrat Party on 28 December 1891 when she was appointed editor of...
Broads and Narrows
Around 1900 the Bulgarian Social Democrats are only a marginal group, with no more than a few hundred members. In 1903, following...
Troelstra Collectiegids
Ter gelegenheid van de 150ste geboortedag van de dichter en politicus Pieter Jelles Troelstra (1860-1930) heeft het IISG een...
A Socialist in the Dutch East Indies
The first socialist ever to set foot ashore the Dutch East Indies was Henri Hubertus van Kol (1852-1925). In 1876 Van Kol, who...
The Rheinische Zeitung and Karl Marx
The first political piece that Karl Marx (age 24) wrote after his dissertation was a polemic against censorship in the spring of...
Communist Manifesto
It took Marx and Engels six weeks to write the Communist Manifesto, since, by the end of December 1847, the London...
Louise Michel
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Louise Michel's death, the IISH presented in 2005 a selection of documents of her life.As...
Labour Olympiads
In the twenties, the Olympic games got their counterpart within the labour movement. Labour Olympiads took place in Frankfurt,...
Johan de Haas - Photographer of the Red Family
Dutch press photographer Johan de Haas (1915-1997) worked from 1937 to 1978 for various newspapers and journals published by...
Socialist Ex Libris
An ex libris, mark of ownership in a book or manuscript, is both a sample of printing and a piece of art. As art, it is an...
B. Feigenbaum, Vi kumt a yid tsu sotsyalismus?
Benjamin Feigenbaum (1860-1932) was a true master of anti-religious satire. He used the religious knowledge he received from his...
Kamf un kemfer
The Russian Social Revolutionary Party in exile in Londen also tried to gain members among the Jewish workers of the immigrant...
Socialist-revolutionary and anarchist propaganda
Click to see an enlarged picture, additional information and following pages if available Kamf un kemfer  B. Feigenbaum, Vi kumt...
Bundist election placards being posted
Bundist election placards being posted.
Poster announcing Bund meeting
Poster announcing Bund Youth-meeting.
Bundist Postcard
This postcard is a good example of the bi-linguality of the Bund in Poland and the Baltic States during the Interbellum. This...
Picture stamps for the Medem Club
In interbellum Poland the Bund not only operated as political party but was also very active in the socio-cultural field. The...
Exhibitions of Highlights of the Yiddish Collection
Five exhibitions of posters, photos and other documents 1. The Bund in pictures2. The Bund and Elections in Interbellum Poland3....
Ngo Van, a Vietnamese in Paris
In 2011 the IISH acquired the papers of the late Ngo Van. Van, who was born in Tân Lô, a Vietnamese village near Saigon in 1913....
Troelstra Biografie
In 2010 is het 150 jaar geleden dat de dichter-politicus Pieter Jelles Troelstra werd geboren. Hij was de grondlegger van de...
Domela Nieuwenhuis, romantisch revolutionair
Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis (1846-1919), Nederlands beroemdste socialist, anarchist, 'us ferlosser'voor de Friezen, heeft...
Bep Spanjer
Een omvangrijke aanvulling op het archief van Elisabeth (Bep) Fisher-Spanjer kwam in januari 2008 binnen. Geboren in Amsterdam in...
Germans expelled from the Netherlands, 1934
In February 1934, representatives of revolutionary-socialist youth organizations from all quarters of the world gathered in Laren...
Jean Malaquais
From Malaquais' widow, the Institute received the political papers of the Polish-French writer Jean Malaquais (1908-1998). The...
Theo van Tijn and the 4th International
Theo van Tijn (1927-1992) held the chair in economic and social history at Utrecht University from 1969 until 1992. Along with...
Umbrella and Cane
Florentinus Marinus Wibaut, leading light of the Dutch social democrat movement, is often depicted with an umbrella and walking...
Microfilms Partido dos Trabalhadores
Recently, the IISH acquired the microfilm collection of the Partido dos Trabalhadores, which is President Luiz Inácio Lula da...
Archives of the Malaysian Socialist Party
Recently the first batch of the Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) archives were given to the International Institute of Social...
The Libraries of Boris Sapir and David Batser
In the course of 2001, two private libraries were added to the Russian collections at the Institute. The original owners were...
Western Marxism and the Soviet Union
The "Russian Question" was an absolutely central problem for Marxism in the twentieth century. Numerous attempts were made to...
Deutsche Volksfront
Boekpresentatie ‘Deutsche Volksfront 1932-1939. Zwischen Berlin, Paris, Prag und Moskau’dr. Ursula Langkau-Alex In drie delen,...
Hoezo kameraden?
Bijeenkomst over Marinus van der Goes van Naters, Hilda Verwey-Jonker en Han Lammers en de cultuur van ‘de partij’.IISG, 13 maart...
Ernest Mandel, rebel tussen droom en daad
Boekpresentatie ter gelegenheid van de publicatie van Ernest Mandel. Rebel tussen droom en daad Organisatie: The International...
Maoist Insurgencies in Asia and Latin America
Workshop The aim of the workshop is to compare Maoist insurgencies in various Asian and Latin American countries by addressing...
Dimensions of Socialism
1Workshop Program „Dimensions of Socialism“  1. Politics & Power I: State, Society, Individual Todor Hristov (The University...
'Een sterke geest van vrijheid'
Boekpresentatie op 11 oktober 2000, 15.30 - 18.00Technische Universiteit, Delft Johan Willem Albarda (1877-1957) ontwikkelde zich...
Theory as History
Theory as HistoryErnest Mandel's historical analysis of world capitalism  IntroductionBelgian Marxist Ernest Mandel (1923-1995)'s...
Charisma and Emergent Social Movements
The Institute of Biography of the University of Groningen and the International Institute of Social History jointly organised an...
Wilhelm Dittmann : Erinnerungen
Vier Jahrzehnte deutscher Geschichte aus der Sicht eines sozialdemokratischen Politikers. Die Memoiren Wilhelm Dittmans (1874-...
Fedor I. Dan und Otto Bauer
Die Edition umfasst wesentliche Teile eines Briefwechsels zwischen dem russischen Exilsozialisten Fedor I. Dan (1871 - 1947) und...
Die Anfänge der Zweiten Internationale
Die Geschichtsschreibung der Zweiten Internationale war bisher von der Perspektive der Sieger bestimmt, die entweder eine...
Eduard Bernsteins Briefwechsel mit Karl Kautsky (1895-1905)
Die fast 1000 Briefe und ein halbes Jahrhundert umfassende Korrespondenz zwischen Bernstein und Kautsky, den Erben und...
Europäischer Sozialismus im Kalten Krieg
In den ereignisreichen Nachkriegsjahren entstand in West- und Osteuropa eine gemeinsame sozialistische Bewegung, die einer...
Central European Crossroads
During the four decades of the communist regime in Czechoslovakia a vast literature on working-class movements has been produced...
A Dream Deferred
This volume brings together the latest work in Russian labour history, based on exciting materials from previously closed...
Het Socialistenboek
Begin april 2008 verscheen Het Socialistenboek, een coproductie van IISG en uitgeverij Waanders. Het Socialistenboek is een...
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