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Labour Review


This journal was published from 1952 until 1963 by the Trotskyist tendency associated with Gerry Healy called The Group. They worked as a tendency within the British Labour Party seeking to build a revolutionary class struggle wing of this large union based party. Healy joined the wing of the Fourth International lead in part by by James P. Cannon after the FI split into two competing wings. Healy's wing was the International Committee of the Fourth International of which he soon became a leader of, along with James P. Cannon and Pierre Lambert, the leader of the French Section of the FI. The Club recruited a substantial number of former members of the Communist Party of Great Britain after they became disillusioned with Stalinism after the Twentieth Congress of the Soviet Communist Party in February 1956 which brought Khrushchev's revelations about Stalin and, later that year, the defeat of the Hungarian Revolution. Labour Review coopted many of the ex-Stalinists onto the staff of the magazine and whom became editors. The magazine reflected closely the intellectual debates prompted by the Khrushchev era public revelations and political shifts, as well as commentary on British labour politics. In 1959 The Club eventually transformed into the more public Socialist Labor League (SLL).

Originally Labour Review appeared very sporadically but from 1957 it appeared more regularly. At the end of 1963 Labour Review was transformed into Fourth International as an organ of the International Committee of the Fourth International.

Labour Review was digitized and turned into high quality PDFs by Marty Goodman of the Riazanov Library Project in 2014

CONTENTS BY ISSUE
(January 1953 – Summer 1963)


Vol.1 No.1, January-March 1952 [PDF of full issue]

LABOUR REVIEW

Published by J. Pawsey, 61 Smedley Rd, Manchester 8. [1]

Labour and Its Future

The German Labour Movement and Rearmament

American Labour Faces 1952

British Imperialism and Her African Colonies

Introducing Ourselves


Vol.1 No.2, May-August 1952 [PDF of full issue]

LABOUR REVIEW

Published by J. Pawsey, 61 Smedley Rd, Manchester 8.

The Way to Socialism in Britain, by G. Healy
A Full Analysis of Bevan’s New Book,


Vol.1 No.3, September-November 1952

LABOUR REVIEW

Published by New Park Publications, Ltd., 266 Lavender Hill, London, S.W.11.

Plain Speaking on War and Peace, by G. Healy

A Criticism of “Labour’s Foreign Policy”


Vol.1 No.4 [2] [PDF of full issue]

LABOUR REVIEW

Published by New Park Publications, Ltd., 266 Lavender Hill, London, S.W.11.

Where is British Labour Going?
The Crisis In The Labour Party, by G. Healy

The Communist Congress at Moscow, by Arthur Dickinson


Vol.1 No.5, January/February 1954 [PDF of full issue]

LABOUR REVIEW

Published by New Park Publications, Ltd., 266 Lavender Hill, London, S.W.11.

International Notes

What is Behind the Peace Talks? by G. Healy

The Crisis of British Capitalism, by W. Hunter

The Fall of Beria, by T. Mercer


Vol.2 No.1, January 1957 [PDF of full issue]

LABOUR REVIEW

Published by New Park Publications, Ltd., 266 Lavender Hill, London, S.W.11. [3]

Introducing Labour Review, Editorial

The Lessons of Hungary; by C. Van Gelderen

A Letter to a member of the Communist Party, by John Daniels

The Law of Combined and Uneven Development; by F. Warde

Stalinism Socialism & Democracy, by William Hunter

Strachey versus Marx, by Tom Mercer and Peter Reed

BOOK REVIEWS:

William F. Warde is the pseudonym of George Novack


Vol.2 No.2, March-April 1957 [PDF of full issue]

LABOUR REVIEW

Published by New Park Publications, Ltd., 266 Lavender Hill, London, S.W.11. [4]

Editors:
JOHN DANIELS
ROBERT SHAW
Business Manager:
E.R. KNIGHT

Towards a Discussion on Principles, Editorial

The Manchester Guardian and the Suez Crisis, by Gracchus

Inside Russia Today, by Leonard Hussey

The Communist Party and Democratic Centralism, by J. Daniels

The Law of Uneven and Combined Development (part 2), by William F. Warde

The Chinese C.P. and Hungary, by M. Banda

BOOKS REVIEWED [5]:

CORRESPONDENCE:

Leonard Hussey is a pseudonym of Brian Pearce
William F Warde is the pseudonym of George Novack


Vol.2 No.3, May-June 1957 [PDF of full issue]

LABOUR REVIEW

Published by New Park Publications, Ltd., 266 Lavender Hill, London, S.W.11.

Editors:
JOHN DANIELS
ROBERT SHAW
Business Manager:
E.R. KNIGHT

The Debate Goes on, Editorial

Hammersmith and After, Editorial

Problems & Prospects of British Capitalism, by T. Kemp

Engineers’ Strike & the Labour Movement, by R. Shaw

Zionism and the State of Israel, by E.S. Hillman

The Coming American Revolution, by W.F. Warde (3rd part concluded)

‘Private Opinion’, by D. Granin

BOOKS REVIEWED:

Leonard Hussey is a pseudonym of Brian Pearce
William F. Warde is the pseudonym of George Novack


Vol.2 No.4, July-August 1957 [PDF of full issue]

LABOUR REVIEW

Published by New Park Publications, Ltd., 266 Lavender Hill, London, S.W.11.

Editors:
JOHN DANIELS
ROBERT SHAW
Business Manager:
E.R. KNIGHT

The Future of the Forums, Editorial

The New Phase of the Stalinist Crisis, Editorial

Towards the Labour Party Conference, Editorial

Three Speeches: An Analysis of the New Course of the Chinese Communist Party, by Michael Banda

British Communist History, by Joseph Redman

The Inadequacies of Russian Trotskyism, by R.W. Davies

A Comment, by Leonard Hussey

Problems and Prospects of British Capitalism II, by Tom Kemp

BOOK REVIEWS:

Debate on Dialectics, by C.S and un-named

CORRESPONDENCE:

Joseph Redman and Leonard Hussey are pseudonyms of Brian Pearce


Vol.2 No.5, September-October 1957 [PDF of full issue]

LABOUR REVIEW

Published by New Park Publications, Ltd., 266 Lavender Hill, London, S.W.11.

Editors:
JOHN DANIELS
ROBERT SHAW
Business Manager:
E.R. KNIGHT

EDITORIALS:

Left against Right at Brighton, by C. van Gelderen

Lenin as Philosopher, by Peter Fryer

From ‘Social-Fascism’ to ‘People’s Front’, by Joseph Redman

Apartheid: the Class Basis, by South African

Marxism, Stalinism and Political Economy, (An Open Letter to Professor Ostrovilyanov), by Tom Kemp

COMMUNICATIONS:

BOOK REVIEWS:

Joseph Redman is a pseudonym of Brian Pearce


Vol.2 No.6, November-December 1957 [PDF of full issue]

LABOUR REVIEW

Published by New Park Publications, Ltd., 266 Lavender Hill, London, S.W.11.

Editors:
JOHN DANIELS
ROBERT SHAW
Business Manager:
E.R. KNIGHT

40 Years of Soviet Russia, Editorial

Radio, Science, Technique and Society, by Leon Trotsky

The Case of André Marty, by Joseph Redman

The Works of Sigmund Freud: A Marxist Critique, by John McLeish

COMMUNICATIONS:

BOOK REVIEWS:

Joseph Redman is a pseudonym of Brian Pearce


Vol.3 No.1, January-February 1958 [PDF of full issue]

LABOUR REVIEW

Published by New Park Publications, Ltd., 266 Lavender Hill, London, S.W.11.

Editors:
JOHN DANIELS
ROBERT SHAW
Business Manager:
EDWARD R. KNIGHT

Labour and Leadership, Editorial

The Dockers and Trade Union Democracy, by William Hunter

The Early Years of the CPGB, by Joseph Redman

Empiricist Philosophy and Empiricist Habits of Thinking, by John Marshall

COMMUNICATIONS:

BOOK REVIEWS:

Joseph Redman is a pseudonym of Brian Pearce


Vol.3 No.2, March-April 1958 [PDF of full issue]

LABOUR REVIEW

Published by New Park Publications, Ltd., 266 Lavender Hill, London, S.W.11.

Editors:
JOHN DANIELS
ROBERT SHAW
Business Manager:
EDWARD R. KNIGHT

Wages and the Bomb: A Single Front, Editorial

An Unreasonable Reasoner, Editorial

Marxism and the Algerian Revolution, by Michael Banda

The British Stalinists and the Moscow Trials, by Joseph Redman

British Empiricism and Natural Science, by John Marshall

COMMUNICATIONS:

DOCUMENTS:

BOOK REVIEWS:

Joseph Redman is a pseudonym of Brian Pearce


Vol.3 No.3, May-June 1958 [PDF of full issue]

LABOUR REVIEW

Published by New Park Publications, Ltd., 266 Lavender Hill, London, S.W.11.

Editors:
JOHN DANIELS
ROBERT SHAW
Business Manager:
EDWARD R. KNIGHT

The Murder of Imre Nagy, Editorial

The Victory of Charles de Gaulle, Editorial

Strike Strategy, Editorial

London Busmen in Battle, by Bob Potter

The Crisis, The Budget and the Workers, by Tom Mercer

Religion and Social Revolt, by Cliff Slaughter

‘New Class’? by Tom Kemp

The Logic of Apartheid, by Seymour Papert

COMMUNICATIONS:

DOCUMENT:

Rejected by the New Reasoner

BOOK REVIEWS:

Martin Grainger is the pseudonym of Chris Pallis


Vol. 3 No. 4, August-September 1958

LABOUR REVIEW

Published by New Park Publications, Ltd., 266 Lavender Hill, London, S.W.11.

Editors:
JOHN DANIELS
ROBERT SHAW
Business Manager:
EDWARD R. KNIGHT

Three Conferences, Editorial

Socialists and the Trade Union, by Brian Behan

‘Export of Revolution’, 1917-1924, by Brian Pearce

Freedom of the Individual, by Peter Fryer

COMMUNICATIONS:

SUMMER BOOKS:


Vol. 3 No. 5, December 1958

LABOUR REVIEW

Published by New Park Publications, Ltd., 266 Lavender Hill, London, S.W.11.

Editors:
JOHN DANIELS
ROBERT SHAW
Business Manager:
EDWARD R. KNIGHT

Rank and File on the Move, Editorial

The Irony of History in Stalinism, by Isaac Deutscher

Race Riots: the Socialist Answer, by Cliff Slaughter

The Pasternak Affair, by Alan MacDonald

Marxists in the Second World War, by William Hunter

The Origins of Sectarianism, by Peter Cadogan

DOCUMENT:

COMMUNICATION:

MUSIC FROM AFAR, by P. McGowan (trans.)

BOOK REVIEWS:

Martin Grainger is the pseudonym of Chris Pallis


Vol.4 No.1, April-May 1959 [PDF of full issue]

LABOUR REVIEW

Published by New Park Publications, Ltd., 266 Lavender Hill, London, S.W.11.

Editors:
JOHN DANIELS
CLIFF SLAUGHTER
Managing Editor:
PETER FRYER

The Challenge of the Socialist Labour League, Editorial

Revolution and Class Consciousness, by Cliff Slaughter

Some Past Rank-And-File Movements, by Brian Pearce

COMMUNICATIONS:

BOOK REVIEWS:

B. Farnborough is a pseudonym of Brian Pearce


Vol.4 No.2, July-August 1959

LABOUR REVIEW

Published by New Park Publications, Ltd., 186 Clapham High Street, London, S.W.4.

Editors:
BRIAN PEARCE
CLIFF SLAUGHTER
Managing Editor:
PETER FRYER

In Defence of Trotskyism, Editorial

Marxists in Conference, by Peter Fryer

DOCUMENT:

The ‘New Left’ and the Working Class, by Cliff Slaughter

Scientifically – or ‘Somehow’? A Letter to a Friend, by L.D. Trotsky

COMMUNICATIONS:

BOOK REVIEWS:


Vol.4 No.3, October-November 1959

LABOUR REVIEW

Published by New Park Publications, Ltd., 186 Clapham High Street, London, S.W.4.

Editors:
BRIAN PEARCE
CLIFF SLAUGHTER

Socialists and the Summit, Editorial

After the General Election, Editorial

The ‘New Left’ Must Look to the Working Class, by Gerry Healy

The Politics of South Bank, by Bob Pennington

Appendix: Extract from At Home and Abroad

Marxism in Britain 1881-1920, by Brian Pearce

COMMUNICATION:

AUTUMN BOOKS:


Vol.5 No.1, February-March 1960 [PDF of full issue]

LABOUR REVIEW

Published by New Park Publications, Ltd., 186 Clapham High Street, London, S.W.4. [6]

Editors:
BRIAN PEARCE
CLIFF SLAUGHTER
Literary Editor:
ALASDAIR MACINTYRE

A Statement, by the Editors

Politics of Prosperity and Depression, by Tom Kemp

Lessons of the Dining Car Strike, by Brian Arundel

Freedom and Revolution, by Alasdair MacIntyre

Building the Bolshevik Party, by Brian Pearce

BOOK REVIEWS:


Vol.5 No.2, June-July 1960 [PDF of full issue]

LABOUR REVIEW

Published by New Park Publications, Ltd., 186 Clapham High Street, London, S.W.4.

Editors:
BRIAN PEARCE
CLIFF SLAUGHTER

Once Again – The Summit, by the Editors

C.N.D. and politics, by G. Gale

A New Ideologist of Capitalism, by Tom Kemp

Restoring Trotsky’s Place in History, by J.B.S.

Alienation and the Working Class, by Frank Girling

SUMMER BOOKS:


Vol.5 No.3, October-November 1960

LABOUR REVIEW

Published by New Park Publications, Ltd., 186 Clapham High Street, London, S.W.4.

Editors:
BRIAN PEARCE
CLIFF SLAUGHTER

Scarborough 1960, by Gerry Healy

1921 And All That, by Brian Pearce

What Is Revolutionary Leadership? by Cliff Slaughter

Nehru’s India in the Plan Era, by Tom Kemp

AUTUMN BOOKS:


Vol.6 No.1, Spring 1961 [PDF of full issue]

LABOUR REVIEW

Published by New Park Publications, Ltd., 186 Clapham High Street, London, S.W.4.

Editors:
BRIAN PEARCE
CLIFF SLAUGHTER

A Socialist Foreign Policy, by Cliff Slaughter

Pasternak and the Calendar of the Revolution, by Isaac Deutscher

Lenin and Trotsky on Pacifism & Defeatism, by Brian Pearce

BOOK REVIEWS:


Vol.6 No.2, Summer 1961 [PDF of full issue]

LABOUR REVIEW

Published by New Park Publications, Ltd., 186 Clapham High Street, London, S.W.4.

Editors:
BRIAN PEARCE
CLIFF SLAUGHTER

Opportunism in 1961, by F.K. Girling

The Course of Capitalist Development An Outline Analysis, by Tom Kemp

China’s Communes, by George Kane

BOOK REVIEWS:


Vol.6 No.3, Winter 1961 [PDF of full issue]

LABOUR REVIEW

Published by New Park Publications, Ltd., 186 Clapham High Street, London, S.W.4.

Editors:
BRIAN PEARCE
CLIFF SLAUGHTER

The World Prospect of Socialism:
Resolution adopted by the Socialist Labour League, London 1961

BOOK REVIEWS:


Vol.7 No.1, Spring 1962 [PDF of full issue]

LABOUR REVIEW

Published by New Park Publications, Ltd., 186 Clapham High Street, London, S.W.4.

Editors:
TOM KEMP
CLIFF SLAUGHTER

France, Editorial

Cuba, by F. Rodriguez (translated from La Verité, 1961)

Lenin, (Philosophical Notebooks), by Cliff Slaughter

REVIEWS:


Vol.7 No.2, Summer 1962 [PDF of full issue]

LABOUR REVIEW

Published by New Park Publications, Ltd., 186 Clapham High Street, London, S.W.4.

Editors:
TOM KEMP
CLIFF SLAUGHTER

Against Revisionism (Editorial Comment)

Class, Caste and State in The Soviet Union, by Tom Kemp

Need For Developing Revolutionary Theory: The case of Alasdair Macintyre, by James Barker

The Theoretical Front (Lenin’s Philosophical Notebooks), by Cliff Slaughter

BOOK REVIEWS:


Vol.7 No.3, Autumn 1962 [PDF of full issue]

LABOUR REVIEW

Published by New Park Publications, Ltd., 186 Clapham High Street, London, S.W.4.

Editors:
TOM KEMP
CLIFF SLAUGHTER

EDITORIAL:

Two Studies of Imperialism

Culture and socialism and a Manifesto Art and Revolution, by Leon Trotsky (translated by Brian Pearce)

Manifesto – Art and Revolution, by André Breton and Diego Rivera

BOOK REVIEWS:

Peter Jeffries is the pseudonym of Geoff Pilling


Vol.7 No.4, Winter 1962/3 [PDF of full issue]

LABOUR REVIEW

Published by New Park Publications, Ltd., 186 Clapham High Street, London, S.W.4.

Editors:
TOM KEMP
CLIFF SLAUGHTER

The Sino-Soviet Conflict, Editorial (NEC of SLL)

Labour Youth to the Fore, Editorial

The dialectic and Lenin’s politics, by Cliff Slaughter Part 3

Theory and Practice in Marxism, by Cyril Smith

Science of Revolution:
Modern Science and dialectical materialism, by Ralph Martin

Social change and the intelligentsia, by Tom Kemp

BOOK REVIEWS:


Vol.7 No.5, Summer 1963 [PDF of full issue]

LABOUR REVIEW

Published by New Park Publications, Ltd., 186 Clapham High Street, London, S.W.4.

Editors:
TOM KEMP
CLIFF SLAUGHTER

Manifesto of the International Committee of the Fourth International – 25 Years After

Socialist Labour League Conference

Revisionism and the 4th International, by Cliff Slaughter

Contradictions of British Capitalism, by Tom Kemp

The class struggle in Britain: Resolution of SLL

BOOKS:

 

Transcriber’s Footnotes

This index was transcribed by Ted Crawford from the copies of Labour Review in the British Library collection.

1. The first 5 issues of Vol.1 are of A5 size black and white and rather dull in striking contrast to Vol.2. No editors or editorial Board are given. There are no book reviews or letters.

2. No front page in BL copy so no date given.

3. In this first issue of Vol.2 no names of editors or Editorial Board are given. From now onwards the cover is in colour, the whole journal is on glossy A4 paper and there are book reviews and letters.

4. From now onwards there is a named editorial board.

5. No names of reviewers are given in this issue, except for W.F. Warde.

6. There are no more letters or correspondence from this issue onwards.


Last updated on 3 December 2014