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A Marxist History of The World

Hugo ChavezThe radical reforms of Hugo Chavez are gains to be defended and a platform for further advance towards a revolutionary transformation of society argues Neil Faulkner

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Nicaraguan Sandinista FightersNeil Faulkner looks at how the US set out to destroy the Sandinista regime and with it any possibility of a wider Central American revolution

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Emiliano ZapataNeil Faulkner looks at the rise and fall of Zapatismo: revolution from below by the common people of the countryside

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Simon-BolivarNeil Faulkner looks at the rolling wave of revolutions in the Spanish Empire's New World colonies between 1808 and 1826

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Haitian slave armyNeil Faulkner looks at the birth of the Republic of Haiti – an independent black-ruled state created by slave revolution

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Cave painting hands and spanish protestHistorian Neil Faulkner concludes A Marxist History of the World by looking at what that history can tell us about the possibility for radical social change

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The Great Depression then and nowFour years after the beginning of the crisis, the neoliberal elite is trapped by the contradictions of the system on which its wealth depends, writes Neil Faulkner

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The financial crisis represents the end of an era in which greed and casino-madness had been given free rein by market deregulation and rising debt

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The Al-Qaida terror attacks allowed the great powers to justify new imperialist wars to safeguard the interests of global capital, writes Neil Faulkner

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The revolutions of 1989 represent great victories for mass action, but they were limited in effect, writes Neil Faulkner

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The ‘free-market’ theory provides a pseudo-scientific justification for the greed and poverty endemic to the system, and the main beneficiaries are the global mega-corporations of neoliberal capitalism

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By the early 1970s, the levers of state economic management had stopped working and the world economy entered a long period of stagnation

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As the crisis of capitalism spread around the world, the working class took centre stage – but the revolt did not result in successful revolution anywhere, writes Neil Faulkner

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The long sleep of the post-war period was brought to an end in 1968, as revolts erupted across the developed world, writes Neil Faulkner

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Neil Faulkner explains how an army of peasant guerrillas managed to defeat US imperialism in a full-scale war

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The reforms that Fidel Castro introduced after the overthrow of the Batista dictatorship were real, but they were bestowed from above and straitjacketed by poverty, writes Neil Faulkner

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1956 was a year of war, revolution, and disillusionment – a year after which nothing could ever be quite the same again, writes Neil Faulkner

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British support for the Zionist movement led to the foundation of Israel in 1948. In conjunction with US imperialism, the Israeli state is an enduring source of oppression in the Middle East

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In spite of the imperialist powers' attempts to cling on to their colonies, formal empire was finished by the late 1970s. But this was not the end of imperialism, writes Neil Faulkner

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After the revolution of 1949, the Chinese Communists resorted to state capitalism to force the country’s industrialisation. The consequences were disastrous, writes Neil Faulkner

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