Socialist History Society


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About the Socialist History Society

The Socialist History Society was founded in 1992. Its members include many of Britain's leading socialist and labour historians, both academic and amateur. The SHS holds regular events, public meetings and one-off conferences, and contributes to current historical debates and controversies. The society produces a range of publications, including the journal Socialist History. It can sometimes assist with individual student research.

The SHS is the successor to the Communist Party History Group, established in 1946. The society is now entirely independent of all political parties and groups. It is engaged in, and seeks to encourage, historical studies from a Marxist and broadly-defined left perspective. It is concerned with every aspect of human history from early social formations to the present day. It is particularly interested in the struggles of labour, women, progressive and peace movements throughout the world, as well as the movements and achievements of colonial peoples, black people, and other oppressed communities in seeking justice, human dignity and liberation.

Each year the society produces two issues of the journal Socialist History, one or two historical pamphlets in the Occasional Papers series, and frequent newsletters. It holds a lecture and debate in London every two months. In addition, the SHS organises occasional conferences, book-launch meetings, and joint events with other sympathetic groups.

How to join the Socialist History Society

Membership is open to anybody interested in socialist history. SHS members receive all the society's serial publications for the year at no extra cost, as well as regular mailings about society activities.

Annual membership fees - due January each year:

United Kingdom:
Full rate (for waged or otherwise not-too-badly off persons) £25.00
Concessionary rate (for those largely dependent on state benefits etc.) £18.00

Full £30.00
Concessionary £24.00
These rates are for sterling cheques drawn on UK banks only. Euro rates are available on request - please contact the treasurer

Rest of the world:
Full: 35.00
Concessionary: 29.00
These rates are for sterling cheques drawn on UK banks only. Otherwise, please use PayPal. If you really have no way of paying other than a cheque in your own currency - please contact the treasurer

To join, please either send your name and address plus a sterling cheque/PO payable to Socialist History Society to:

The Secretary, SHS,
50 Elmfield Road,
London SW17 8AL

Or join online - click the "Join the SHS" button at the top of this page.


Last updated 19 October 2011