Editorial (Socialist History 54, Autumn 2018)

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Publication date: February 1, 2019

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Samuel Foster

In the wake of Karl Marx’s bicentenary, and the recent centennial commemorations of both the Great War and Russian Revolutions, Issue 54 of Socialist History serves as a retrospective on Marxism’s impact, legacy and possible future. This includes two articles, originally presented as papers at Socialist History’s ‘Echoes of Revolution’ conference in Norwich in February 2018; a set of observations on Marx and Marxism for the present day, and a symposium on the history of Trotskyism. What perhaps ties each of these contributions is the notion of Marxist thought and practice as lived experience and its, often ambiguous, relationship to mass mobilisation and popular Left-wing ideals.